Salary for Opticians, Dispensing

Also known as:  Certified Optician, Contact Lens Fitter, Eyeglass Fitter, Licensed Dispensing Optician, Licensed Optical Dispenser, Licensed Optician, Optical Dispenser, Optician

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The role of a dispensing opticians is to fit patients for eyeglasses and/or contact lenses by taking a series of precise measurements. They may be required to bend or adjust frames, and must make sure that all lenses fit both prescription requirements and client's customization requests. These professionals may also create lenses to meet client specifications and prescriptions. Other duties they perform may include assisting clients in the selection of eyewear styles, colors and shapes to fit both vocational and aesthetic requirements. A high school diploma or the equivalent is required for this profession.

A Dispensing Optician usually receives a compensation in a range of $26,080 to $62,180 based on levels of tenure. can get an average wage of fourty-one thousand three hundred and eigthy dollars per annum.

can receive the best pay in New Jersey, where they can get average pay scales of close to about $63,300. People in this category of job can expect the highest salaries in Wholesale Trade, where they can get pay of $62,070.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 38.35 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Opticians, Dispensing tend to make the most in the following industries:

Wholesale Trade
$62,070
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$57,130
Educational Services
$50,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$49,480
Manufacturing
$49,450
Public Administration
$43,890

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,890
Retail Trade
$41,580
Public Administration
$43,890
Manufacturing
$49,450
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$49,480
Educational Services
$50,620