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Optical Dispenser Salary

The average rate for an Optical Dispenser is $13.39 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.
$10.01 - $20.73
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Hourly Rate
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$0.00 - $1,600  
   
Total Pay (?
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$21,074 - $51,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Job Description for Optical Dispenser

Optical dispensers interpret different optical prescriptions and fit frames and lenses. Their responsibilities include discussing eyewear needs with clients, as well as helping clients to choose an appropriate frame that meets prescription requirements. They are also in charge of discussing and recommending different types of lenses and lens enhancements, shaping lenses, fitting lenses to frames, and making sure that eyewear fits correctly on a client. Optical dispensers must be able to make minor repairs to damaged frames, clean the laboratory area, handle computer printouts, and maintain department logs. Other tasks include adjusting patient eyeglass frames, maintaining optical supplies, answering telephones, maintaining inventory and client records, and resolving any client complaints. Optical dispensers typically work alongside or under optometrists, ophthalmologists, and/or optical mechanics. They typically work indoors and may work part time or full time.

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Optical Dispenser 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.

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Experience Affects Optical Dispenser Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
0%

National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 23%