Dispensing Optician Salary

Median pay for Dispensing Opticians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.82 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Dispensing Opticians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dispensing Opticians making up 72 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,952 - $77,419
$21K
$39K
$77K
MEDIAN: $39,443
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$11.10 - $24.86
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MEDIAN: $15.87
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$0$77K
Salary $20,952 - $77,419
Bonus $309 - $5,817
Profit Sharing $929
Commission $50.34 - $6,953
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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$23,885 - $53,847
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 24
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $11.10 - $24.86
Hourly Tips $1.13
Overtime $4.72 - $45.30
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $309 - $5,817
Commission $50.34 - $6,953
Profit Sharing $929
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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$23,885 - $53,847
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 114

Job Description for Dispensing Optician

Dispensing opticians usually work in a clinical or retail environment dedicated to the dispensing of eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other visual aids. Strong customer service skills are important in this position so that customers return for future service and refer the business to their acquaintances.

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Dispensing Optician Tasks

  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Dispensing Optician


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As Dispensing Opticians transition into upper-level roles such as Retail Store Manager Optician, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Retail Store Manager Opticians earn $42K on average per year. Many Dispensing Opticians go on to become Opticians or Certified Opticians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $2K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

Dispensing Optician Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Dispensing Optician

Pay by Experience for a Dispensing Optician has a positive trend. An entry-level Dispensing Optician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 51 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dispensing Optician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 32 salaries. An experienced Dispensing Optician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 31 salaries. A Dispensing Optician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 38 salaries.

Dispensing Optician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dispensing Optician?

Dispensing Optician in College Station:
"Dream Job."
Pros: I have muscular dystrophy and what I like. Is that I get to work with people in an environment that I am capable physically of working.
Cons: My bosses wife likes to cuss me out due to getting behind but doesn't want to help complete the work.

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Key Stats for Dispensing Optician

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
31%

Experience Affects Dispensing Optician Salaries

▲35%

Experienced
▲1%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

National Average
$34,000

▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 30%