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Optician Salary

An average Optician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.80 per hour. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $4K, $5K, and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Opticians can bottom out near $22K or top out at around $49K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Opticians make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, just under one-half do receive medical benefits and about a fourth have dental insurance.

$25,542 - $57,194
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$26K
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$57K
MEDIAN: $39,050
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$10.08 - $20.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,542 - $57,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $4,932  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,701  
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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$21,676 - $48,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $20.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.70 - $6.06  
Overtime
$12.91 - $30.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,701  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $4,932  
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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$21,676 - $48,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,947

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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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Opticians who go on to become Optometrists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Optometrists is $94K annually. An Optician may also move into a role as a Dispensing Optician or a Certified Optician.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optician


Many Opticians can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, LensCrafters Inc., Visionworks, Pearle Vision Center, and U.S. Vision, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Visionworks does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $35K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $20K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $48K. Other leaders in compensation levels are LensCrafters Inc. at $35K, National Vision, Inc. at $34K, and Sears Optical, where Opticians annually earn $31K.

While select Wal-Mart Stores, Inc employees may bring in up to $42K, a median salary of only $25K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. Shopko Eyecare Center, Texas State Optical and Eye Care Center are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $26K, $27K, and $28K.

Popular Skills for Optician


Survey results suggest that Opticians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in optician, Sales Management, Sales, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Optician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Opticians. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $26K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $32K. Opticians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Opticians, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 46 percent above the national average. Opticians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+38 percent), New York (+29 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), and Philadelphia (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Indianapolis, 16 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 13 percent less in San Antonio and 12 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

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National Average
$32,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 390 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

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