Licensed Optician Salary

Licensed Opticians in the United States take home an average $20.84 per hour. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Female Licensed Opticians make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. The majority of Licensed Opticians claim high levels of job satisfaction. While one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and roughly two in five have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,997 - $62,231
$34K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,410
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90%

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$15.02 - $27.90
$15
$21
$28
MEDIAN: $20.95
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$0$62K
Salary $33,997 - $62,231
Bonus $486 - $9,658
Profit Sharing $1,900
Commission $592 - $9,622
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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$31,845 - $61,729
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 111
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $15.02 - $27.90
Hourly Tips $12.50
Overtime $21.00 - $42.13
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $486 - $9,658
Commission $592 - $9,622
Profit Sharing $1,900
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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$31,845 - $61,729
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 465

Job Description for Licensed Optician

The licensed optician's job is to interpret and execute the prescriptions written for corrective eyewear by ophthalmologists. The optician has a hybrid job - not only do they ensure that each customer gets corrective vision aids that correspond to their individual needs, but they also help in a sales capacity, recommending frames that best suit their customers.

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Licensed 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 Licensed Optician


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Licensed Opticians sometimes move into a Retail Store Manager Optician role, where the salary is similar.

Licensed Optician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Optician


LensCrafters Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, National Vision, Inc., Costco Wholesale Company, and Luxottica Retail Group are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Licensed Opticians. Those at Visionworks can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $54K. Costco Wholesale Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Pearle Vision Center are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Licensed Opticians earning around $53K, $48K, or $47K at each firm, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are LensCrafters Inc. at $42K, National Vision, Inc. at $46K, and Pearle Vision Center at $47K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Optician


Licensed Opticians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, management, Customer Service, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Dispensing and Troubleshooting as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Optician

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Optician has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Optician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 118 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Optician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 139 salaries. An experienced Licensed Optician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 185 salaries. A Licensed Optician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 222 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,344

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Licensed Opticians, Tampa offers exceptional salaries, 10 percent above the national average. Licensed Opticians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent) and Atlanta (+7 percent). Compared to the national average, Columbus Licensed Opticians have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Cleveland and Louisville earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 17 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Licensed Optician

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
40%

Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries

▲5%

▲2%

National Average
$45,000

▼9%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries


management
▼0%

National Average
$45,000


Sales
▼3%

Optical Fabrication
▼3%

Troubleshooting
▼13%

dispensing
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 28%