Licensed Opticians earn the highest median pay at $25.00 per hour, followed by Retail Supervisors (around $16.46), Opticians ($12.75), and Optical Assistants (about $11.78). Visionworks hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Optometric Technicians (approximately $10.06 on average).
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $17.15 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (50 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $11.09 per hour.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($18.99 per hour) can be spotted in Boston, Mass.; Phoenix, Ariz. (approximately $18.26), the company's headquarter city of San Antonio, Texas ($15.64), and Indianapolis, Ind. (about $13.52) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at around $9.90) is Syracuse, N.Y. By state, Massachusetts offers the highest pay at approximately $23.60 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to about $39.26 per hour for American Board of Optometry Certifications, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Employees who have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) make the most here, hauling in around $25.00 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Sales Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $17.85 per hour. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; the larger part of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers usually know Sales, Insurance, and Optometry as well.
Benefits and Perks
The benefits packages at Visionworks can sometimes lack paid time off; 30 percent get paid vacation days, and a sixth of survey respondents receive paid sick leave. A little more than half of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. A majority of survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for just over a half of workers also include dental insurance. The company also dishes out perks such as life insurance, 2 paid personal days, paid holiday and sick leave, and flexible hours.