The average hourly pay for an Optician is $15.41.
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Job Description for Optician
Opticians assist customers who require vision tests, prescriptions, repairs, and, in some cases, minor eye surgery; essentially, they helps customers determine which prescription they require and assist with any other questions or needs that they may have. Opticians use a piece of equipment called an phoropter to measure the depth of vision that each customer has, and then they are able to determine exactly which prescription the customer needs. Other equipment is also used, including a tonomet…Read more
Popular Employer Salaries for Optician
The top respondents for the job title Optician are from the companies Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, LensCrafters Inc. and Visionworks. Reported salaries are highest at LensCrafters Inc. where the average pay is $15.73. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Sam's Club and Pearle Vision Center, earning around $14.72 and $13.15, respectively. Shopko Eyecare Center pays the lowest at around $11.08. National Vision, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $11.31 and $13.08, respectively.
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Pay by Experience Level for Optician
An entry-level Optician with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $12.05 based on 575 salaries. An early career Optician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.24 based on 1,595 salaries. A mid-career Optician with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.59 based on 1,062 salaries. An experienced Optician with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.10 based on 1,213 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Optician in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 42.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (10.3% more) and Los Angeles, California (7.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (13.5% less) and Houston, Texas (5.9% less).
Years of Experience
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