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The average pay for an Optician is $15.18 per hour.

The average pay for an Optician is $37,000 per year.

MEDIAN $37,000
$11.89 - $21.77
MEDIAN: $15.18

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Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $11.89 - $21.77
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $1,250
Profit Sharing $425
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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).
$25,038 - $44,966
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 2 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 28

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.


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.

Optician Job Listings

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Optician at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc?

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.

Key Stats for Optician


90 %
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
10-19 years
20 years or more

Skills That Affect Optician Salaries

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Customer Service


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.


90 %
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 20%