Average Optical Assistant Hourly Pay in United Kingdom

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The average hourly pay for an Optical Assistant in United Kingdom is £7.58.
MEDIAN £7.58
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Hourly Rate
£6 - £8
£98 - £1,510
Profit Sharing
£0 - £350
£0 - £800
Total Pay
£13,141 - £17,869

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Job Description for Optical Assistant

Optical Assistant Tasks
  • Fit and dispense glasses and contact lens for patients.
  • Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
  • Assist Optometrist with examinations and maintain patient charts.

Popular Employer Salaries for Optical Assistant

The top respondents for the job title Optical Assistant are from the companies Specsavers, Vision Express Ltd and Tesco PLC. Reported salaries are highest at The Boots Company PLC where the average pay is £8.46. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Tesco PLC, earning around £8.02. Specsavers pays the lowest at around £7.31. Vision Express Ltd also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying £7.60.

Career Paths

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Optical Assistant
Dispensing Optician
Dispensing Optician Trainee
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

Optical Assistant Job Listings

Popular Skills for Optical Assistant

Skills in Sales, Retail, Administration and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Optical Assistant

An entry-level Optical Assistant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of £7.20 based on 35 salaries. An early career Optical Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £7.42 based on 224 salaries. A mid-career Optical Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £7.93 based on 106 salaries. An experienced Optical Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £7.97 based on 84 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £9.
Employees with Optical Assistant in their job title in Manchester, England: Manchester earn an average of 5.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Bristol, England: Bristol (3.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Birmingham, England: Birmingham (7.4% less), London, England: London (6.1% less) and Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow (4.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 462 survey responses.
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