$47,127
Avg. Salary
$20.91
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,500

Bonus

$1,000

Profit Sharing

$2,528

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Licensed Optician is $20.91 per hour.

The average pay for a Licensed Optician is $47,127 per year.

$14.97
10%
$20.91
50%
$27.48
90%
MEDIAN $20.91
$34k
10%
$47k
50%
$63k
90%
MEDIAN $47,127
$34,272 - $62,953
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MEDIAN: $47,127
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$14.97 - $27.48
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$0$62K
Salary $34,272 - $62,953
Bonus $297 - $7,861
Profit Sharing $101 - $17,754
Commission $596 - $9,650
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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$31,937 - $61,309
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 190
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $14.97 - $27.48
Hourly Tips $12.50
Overtime $21.06 - $40.96
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $297 - $7,861
Commission $596 - $9,650
Profit Sharing $101 - $17,754
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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$31,937 - $61,309
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 812

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 Pay By Employer

$0$64K

$43,247

$46,226

$51,155

Visionworks
15 profiles
$47,613

$42,931

$45,644

$49,516

$46,552

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 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

-21%

National Average: $45,354

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).

Licensed Optician Reviews

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

Licensed Optician in Schenectady:
"Don't."
Pros: We are union, so the perks we get are negotiated for us through our local.
Cons: It is corporate hell. It's not about what's best for the patient but beat for the company. We are beaten over the head with goals and percentages, that are unrealistic.

Licensed Optician in Oswego:
"Good Opportunities if it is a Good Fit."
Pros: Getting to meet different people regularly and help people see better in life.
Cons: Explaining why it isn’t my fault that glasses are costly and many insurances don’t pay that well towards them.

Licensed Optician in Toledo:
It is a great career if you enjoy working with public. Always willing to learn.

Licensed Optician in Flagstaff:
"Optician Mentor available."
Shadow the person in your office with the most optical experience, especially with one that has prior " bench work experience.

Licensed Optician in Columbus:
"The Challenge Of Advancement In Certain Retail Markets."
Find out the history of the company, management and employee turnover rate.

Licensed Optician in Orlando:
"Educate yourself!!"
Get a 2-year degree in Opticianry/Ophthalmic Technology and stay away from "apprenticeship", you don't learn very much that way. Go to work in a private optical, Optometric office or a group Ophthalmology practice. Try and stay away from retail opticals, even though they may pay a little more at first.

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Key Stats for Licensed Optician

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
40%

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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 174 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 30%