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Optician Salary

The average Optician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.80 per hour. With bonuses occasionally running north of $4K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $5K, and a few commissions as high as $7K, total income for Opticians can range between $22K and $49K according to individual performance. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Opticians making up 77 percent. Although slightly less than half have medical coverage and about one in four have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$25,648 - $57,645
(Median)
$26K
$39K
$58K
MEDIAN: $39,187
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$10.08 - $20.82
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary 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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,648 - $57,645  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $4,932  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,618  
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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$21,680 - $48,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $20.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.70 - $6.06  
Overtime
$12.95 - $30.86  
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 - $4,000  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,618  
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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$21,680 - $48,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,982

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Optometrist. The average Optometrist brings home $94K per year. A Dispensing Optician or a Certified Optician is a typical transition from an Optician role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optician


Opticians flock to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, LensCrafters Inc., Visionworks, Pearle Vision Center, and U.S. Vision, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Opticians, comfortable salaries can be found at LensCrafters Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $35K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($22K versus $54K) is great. Opticians will also find cushy salaries at Visionworks (+$35K), National Vision, Inc. (+$34K), and Sears Optical (+$31K).

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the least money; the median income there is just $25K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $19K and $42K. Shopko Eyecare Center, Texas State Optical, and Eye Care Center also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $26K, $27K, and $28K.

Popular Skills for Optician


Opticians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in optician, Sales Management, certified optician, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Optician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $40K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Opticians, 49 percent above the national average. Opticians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+32 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Houston and San Antonio (13 percent lower).

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

optician
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Sales Management
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certified optician
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Sales
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Customer Service
0%

National Average
$32,000

Insurance
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Optometry
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Billing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 391 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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