$41,123
Avg. Salary
$15.23
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,231

Profit Sharing

$1,251

Commission

$2,907

The average pay for an Optician is $15.23 per hour.

The average pay for an Optician is $41,123 per year.

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MEDIAN $41,123
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$0$60K
Salary $26,531 - $60,839
Bonus $290 - $5,074
Profit Sharing $299 - $4,045
Commission $509 - $8,452
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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$22,993 - $51,228
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 599
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $10.71 - $22.30
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $5.11
Overtime $15.70 - $33.62
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $290 - $5,074
Commission $509 - $8,452
Profit Sharing $299 - $4,045
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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$22,993 - $51,228
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,020

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 tonometer, which injects a small amount of air pressure into the eyeball to test for glaucoma. All opticians should be familiar with this equipment, and some may also be able to operate laser surgery machines for outpatient correction procedures.

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Optician


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, LensCrafters Inc., Visionworks, Sam's Club, and Pearle Vision Center are top-notch employers for Opticians in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Costco Wholesale Company offers the most; Opticians earn $51K on average there. U.S. Vision, Inc., Visionworks, and LensCrafters Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Opticians earning around $39K, $35K, or $34K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include National Vision, Inc. at $24K and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $26K, though some Opticians there earn up to $40K.

Common Career Paths for Optician


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At the upper end, Opticians who move into an Optometrist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Optometrists is a much higher $96K per year. Becoming a Dispensing Optician or a Certified Optician is often the next step for an Optician.

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Popular Skills for Optician


Opticians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Office Management, Optical Fabrication, and Inside Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 17 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Optometry, Inventory Management, and Bilingual. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Optician

Pay by Experience for an Optician has a positive trend. An entry-level Optician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 1,094 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 669 salaries. An experienced Optician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 764 salaries. An Optician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 560 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,379

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

For those looking to make money, Opticians in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Opticians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+21 percent), Phoenix (+19 percent), Portland (+13 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (10 percent lower) and Dallas (5 percent lower).

Optician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Optician?

Optician in Mc Kinney:
"I like the one on one with patients."
Pros: I like my patients and their families, I also like helping patients in a professional environment.
Cons: It gets so busy and no help. In our center its only 2 associates the manager and myself. Sometimes I work without breaks and 30 minute lunch time. None of the surrounding stores want to help out. Too many chiefs and no indians to delegate to.

Optician in Erie:
"Optic lights."
Pros: On going training, always up dated information.
Cons: The pay and work flexibility.

Optician in Houston:
"Opticians Pay."
Pros: The one on one time with customers.
Cons: Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions, stress level, the management.

Optician in Plano:
"Having the ability to ensure people see well through eyewear."
Pros: Educating patients on the importance of protecting their sight.
Cons: How insurance dictates people's decision on thier eyewear. How my boss can be difficult and cause stress.

Optician in Los Angeles:
"Fashionable and fun."
Pros: The people the styling the newness of everyday.
Cons: No dr and that sometimes optician are looked as retail salesman.

Optician in Escanaba:
"Raises Were Sporadic."
Be willing to learn as much as possible. Do not let people intimidate you. Go in with an open mind.

Optician in Gary:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: I like that I work a typical 9-5 Monday through Friday schedule. There are NO nights and rare weekends. This is a great "mom" schedule.
Cons: No benefits, not much above minimum wage, everybody does the work of two people, no room for growth/raises, asked to do jobs outside your experience level or area of training.

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Key Stats for Optician

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 746 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

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Experience Affects Optician Salaries

▲27%

▲8%

▼0%

National Average
$33,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Optician Salaries

Office Management
▲31%


Inside Sales
▲8%

▲5%


edging
▲1%

dispensing
▼0%

National Average
$33,000

Sales
▼2%

Medicaid & Medicare Billing
▼2%

▼3%


▼4%

Bilingual
▼5%

▼6%

Inventory Management
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 746 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 40%