Dispensing optician

Dispensing opticians supply, fit and service spectacles, contact lenses and other optical aids in accordance with a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist.


  • Fits spectacles and advises patient on lens care and any other difficulties likely to be experienced.
  • Ensures that completed spectacles conform to specification and fit the patient correctly and comfortably.
  • Prepares detailed instructions for workshop.
  • Advises patient on lens type and choice of spectacle frames.
  • Interprets prescription and measures patient.

Typical Education Level

Level 4 NVQ; Intermediate, DipHE, DipFE

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 21% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for dispensing optician is £22,659

162 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 162. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for dispensing optician roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £22,659 per year. That is about £1,888 per month or £11.62 per hour. New workers generally start on £9,646, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £52,019

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 162 people are employed in the region.

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