The average hourly pay for an Optician with Optometry skills is $14.71.
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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 $16.05. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Sam's Club and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, earning around $14.10 and $12.51, respectively. National Vision, Inc. pays the lowest at around $10.70. Shopko Eyecare Center and America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $11.26 and $11.36, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Optician
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Skills in Customer Service, Sales, Insurance, Troubleshooting and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average.
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 $11.79 based on 26 salaries. An early career Optician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.96 based on 315 salaries. A mid-career Optician with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.64 based on 181 salaries. An experienced Optician with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.76 based on 226 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $19.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Optician in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 49.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Sacramento, California (21.7% more) and San Diego, California (7.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (16.8% less), San Antonio, Texas (6.5% less) and Indianapolis, Indiana (6.5% less).
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