What does an Optician do?

Opticians help patients to fit eyeglasses and contact lenses prescribed by ophthalmologists and optometrists. They also assist patients when deciding which eyeglass frames or contact lenses to purchase. They receive customer prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses and conduct relevant measurements of eyes and faces. They help patients choose special eyeglass frames and lens treatments including occupational use for sports, tinted lenses, or anti-reflective coatings.

Opticians create work orders for ophthalmologist laboratory technicians and provide information about the requested lenses. They adjust eyewear to ensure it is a suitable fit and repair or replace broken eyeglass frames. They educate patients about eyewear and show them how to care for it. They perform business tasks including maintaining sales records, keeping track of customer prescriptions, and ordering and maintaining inventory. Opticians need a high school diploma or equivalent and technical instruction and state certification.

What responsibilities are common for Optician jobs?
  • Assist customers with frame selection, fits and dispense frames.
  • Monitor and achieve profit, sales and performance goals.
  • Ensure compliance with all safety policies and procedures and working conditions for the entire operation.
  • Prepare and position patient for diagnostic tests and procedures.
  • Responsible for coordinating the day-to-day functions for assigned area.
  • Provide supervision and development opportunities for associates by hiring and training, mentoring, assigning duties, providing recognition, and ensuring diversity awareness.
  • Ensure all store associates achieve and maintain the highest level of customer service.
  • Handle all location personnel functions, ensuring proper personnel coverage on a daily basis.
  • Ensure the provision of quality eyewear by consulting with and educating members/customers, selecting products based on Member/Customer needs, obtaining measurements, verifying prescriptions, maintain, confidential information, perform minor frame repair, and maintain, optical equipment.
  • Measure patients/customers for their eyewear and maintain product/optical knowledge through cont.
  • Drive sales in the vision center by ensuring effective merchandise presentation, including accurate and competitive pricing, proper signing and in-stock and inventory levels. budgeting and forecasting sales.
  • Communicate as necessary with the lab and optometrist to ensure accuracy of prescription.
  • Work directly with customers to help meet all of their eyewear needs.
  • Coach, motivate, and support associates to perform in their respective roles with excellence to ensure a flawless patient/customer experience.
  • Use sound judgment to remove obstacles and find resolution in the patient/customer experience.
What are the typical qualifications for Optician jobs?
  • Certification as an optician.
  • A professional at all times with solid computing skills and product knowledge.
  • A critical thinker and problem solver.
  • Comfortable collaborating and leading when necessary.
  • Fluency in HIPAA protocols and procedures.
  • Is good with customers and Demonstrated a positive attitude and sense of humor on the job.
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does an Optician make?

Confident
$54,981 /yr
Total Pay
$36,862
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$18,119
 /yr

Additional Pay

$54,981

 / yr
$29K$287K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Optician Career Path

Learn how to become an Optician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Optician
$54,981/yr
L4
Lead Optician
$60,163/yr
L5
Optician V
$51,733/yr
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
34%
2 - 4
38%
5 - 7
5%
8+
23%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Optician Insights

Read what Optician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Warby ParkerWarby Parker
Licensed Optical Manager
Jul 11, 2021

“The best part is there is no stress and I always feel appreciated and valued.”

America's Best Contacts & EyeglassesAmerica's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses
Optician
Dec 3, 2020

“For a college student the pay is really good and I like the job part.”

LuxotticaLuxottica
Optician
Nov 8, 2020

“I enjoy being able to work for them and I feel great knowing that I am giving my customers a great deal.”

National VisionNational Vision
Optical Assistant%2FApprentice Optician
Jun 30, 2021

“I enjoy helping patients and I enjoy learning so it is an opportunity for both.”

VSP OpticsVSP Optics
Optical Technician
Jan 24, 2021

“six 10 hour day work weeks are good for pay because they pay you under minimum wage.”

National VisionNational Vision
Licensed Optician Manager
Dec 14, 2020

“Great company with one mission which is to help our patients see clearly with affordable eye care.”

Boots OpticiansBoots Opticians
Trainee Optical Consultant
May 6, 2022

“Good benefits especially the 70% of any glasses (including the designer) and an additional 305 of friends and family glasses.”

SpecsaversSpecsavers
Optical Assistant
Feb 11, 2022

“You get a good base salary every month and can earn upwards of the same depending on how well you do your job.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Optician

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The most common qualifications to become an Optician include a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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