The average rate for an Optical Dispenser is $13.55 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $20.00  
   
Overtime
$19.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$800  
   
Commission
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$20,185 - $51,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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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

  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
  • 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.

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Key Stats for Optical Dispenser

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
13%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Optical Dispenser Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 65%
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