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Optician Salary (United States)

An Optician earns an average wage of $14.59 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Sales Management and optician.
Optician Salary (?
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$26,444 - $56,034
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $38,753
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Optician Salary (?
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$9.90 - $20.91
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,444 - $56,034  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,117  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,068  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,136  
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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$21,324 - $48,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $20.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.16 - $6.12  
Overtime
$12.16 - $31.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,117  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,136  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,068  
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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$21,324 - $48,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,531
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Job Description for Optician

Opticians assist customers who require vision tests, prescriptions, repairs, and, in some cases, minor eye surgery; essentially, they helps customers determine which prescription they require and assist with any other questions or needs that they may have. Opticians use a piece of equipment called an phoropter to measure the depth of vision that each customer has, and then they are able to determine exactly which prescription the customer needs. Other equipment is also used, including a tonometer, which injects a small amount of air pressure into the eyeball to test for glaucoma. All opticians should be familiar with this equipment, and some may also be able to operate laser surgery machines for outpatient correction procedures.
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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 Optician

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Pay by Experience Level for Optician

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

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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San Francisco
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up arrow 27%
Orlando
up arrow 22%
Philadelphia
up arrow 12%
St. Louis
up arrow 6%
Denver
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National Average
$32,000
Columbus
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Indianapolis
up arrow 11%
Atlanta
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Optician Reviews

What is it like working as an Optician?
Optician in Gary:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: I like that I work a typical 9-5 Monday through Friday schedule. There are NO nights and rare weekends. This is a great "mom" schedule.
Cons: No benefits, not much above minimum wage, everybody does the work of two people, no room for growth/raises, asked to do jobs outside your experience level or area of training.

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Experience Affects Optician Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Optician Salaries

Sales Management
up arrow 22%
optician
up arrow 13%
Sales
up arrow 2%
Optometry
up arrow 2%
Customer Service
up arrow 1%
Insurance
up arrow 1%
Billing
0%
National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 337 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 38%