Optician Salary

The average Optician in the United States earns approximately $15.04 per hour. Total incomes of Opticians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $23K and $51K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by years of experience and geography. While around two in five report receiving no health benefits, slightly less than one-half do receive medical coverage, and just under a third have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Opticians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Opticians survey respondents are women (78 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,631 - $61,008
$27K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,559
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$10.50 - $22.13
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MEDIAN: $15.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,631 - $61,008  
   
Bonus
$293.92 - $5,130  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $4,265  
Commission
$606 - $7,671  
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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$22,713 - $50,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 371
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.50 - $22.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $9.84  
Overtime
$15.17 - $33.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$293.92 - $5,130  
   
Commission
$606 - $7,671  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $4,265  
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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$22,713 - $50,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,365

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Optician


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Opticians may progress into high-paying roles like Optometrist, where median compensation is $96K annually. A Dispensing Optician or a Certified Optician is a typical transition from an Optician role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Opticians, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, LensCrafters Inc., Visionworks, Sam's Club, and Pearle Vision Center are leading firms in the industry. Those at Costco Wholesale Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $51K. Also paying near the top of the field are U.S. Vision, Inc. at $39K, Visionworks at $35K, and LensCrafters Inc., where Opticians annually earn $34K.

Other low-paying employers include National Vision, Inc. at $24K and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $26K, though some Opticians there earn up to $40K.

Popular Skills for Optician


Opticians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Office Management, Optical Fabrication, and Inside Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 18 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Optometry and Inventory Management. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Optician

Pay by Experience for an Optician has a positive trend. An entry-level Optician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 1,094 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 669 salaries. An experienced Optician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 764 salaries. An Optician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 560 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,837

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For Opticians, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Opticians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+21 percent), Phoenix (+19 percent), Portland (+14 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (9 percent less) and Dallas (5 percent less).

Optician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Optician?

Optician in Madison:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: The people I work with are amazing. I love interacting with patients and helping them pick out glasses.
Cons: The management is really passive and we never know what we are supposed to do.

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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Key Stats for Optician

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 398 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Optician Salaries

▲29%

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$33,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Optician Salaries

Office Management
▲33%


Inside Sales
▲10%

▲7%


edging
▲3%

dispensing
▲2%

National Average
$33,000

Sales
▼1%

▼1%

Medicaid & Medicare Billing
▼1%


▼3%

Bilingual
▼3%

▼4%

Inventory Management
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 398 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 40%
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