Optician Salary

Opticians in the United States take home approximately $14.80 per hour on average. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $4K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $22K and hits $49K on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. The majority of Opticians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Opticians making up 77 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by about one-half and dental insurance is reported by around one in four. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$25,786 - $58,332

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$10.10 - $20.80

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,786 - $58,332  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,075  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $4,250  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,818  
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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$21,725 - $48,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $20.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.70 - $6.06  
Overtime
$13.51 - $30.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,075  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,818  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $4,250  
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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$21,725 - $48,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,129
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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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As Opticians transition into upper-level roles such as Optometrist, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Optometrists earn $94K on average per year. It is not unusual for an Optician to become a Dispensing Optician or a Certified Optician.

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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. Visionworks does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $36K — 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. Soaring salaries can also be found at U.S. Vision, Inc., LensCrafters Inc., and Sam's Club, where earnings of $35K, $35K, or $32K are standard for Opticians.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Shopko Eyecare Center, and Texas State Optical also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $25K, $26K, and $27K.

Popular Skills for Optician


Survey results suggest that Opticians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, optician, certified optician, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Opticians. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $32K. Opticians see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Opticians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Opticians, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 53 percent greater than the national average. Opticians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+38 percent), New York (+35 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), and Denver (+14 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Opticians in Indianapolis earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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 19%

optician
up arrow 16%

certified optician
up arrow 2%

Sales
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Insurance
up arrow 1%

Billing
up arrow 1%

Optometry
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 392 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 38%
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