Average Licensed Opticians in the United States make around $19.99 per hour. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most Licensed Opticians survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most Licensed Opticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by nearly two in five. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$35,531 - $61,047
(Median)
$36K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,303
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$14.58 - $26.45
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$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,531 - $61,047  
   
Bonus
$502 - $6,027  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$613 - $9,961  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,016 - $59,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $26.45  
   
Overtime
$20.46 - $39.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$502 - $6,027  
   
Commission
$613 - $9,961  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,016 - $59,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 433
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Job Description for Licensed Optician

The licensed optician's job is to interpret and execute the prescriptions written for corrective eyewear by ophthalmologists. The optician has a hybrid job - not only do they ensure that each customer gets corrective vision aids that correspond to their individual needs, but they also help in a sales capacity, recommending frames that best suit their customers.

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Licensed Optician Tasks

  • Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames.
  • Measure patient for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames and optical prescription.
  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Optician


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Compensation may take a strong hit for Licensed Opticians who move to positions like Optician. Opticians usually make $32K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Optician


LensCrafters Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, National Vision, Inc., Luxottica Retail Group, and Costco Wholesale Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Licensed Opticians. Licensed Opticians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Visionworks, where the average salary comes to $54K. Licensed Opticians will also find cushy salaries at National Vision, Inc. (+$54K), Costco Wholesale Company (+$53K), and Pearle Vision Center (+$48K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include LensCrafters Inc. at $41K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc where $46K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Licensed Opticians there earn up to $57K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Optician


Professional skills reported by Licensed Opticians are few in number. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Customer Service, Optical Fabrication, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing dispensing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Optician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Licensed Opticians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $38K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $41K. Licensed Opticians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries



National Average
$44,000



Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries


Customer Service
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National Average
$44,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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