Volume 3 Issue 1 October 2009
If you would like to contribute an
idea or topic to our newsletter,
thanked the OANM for allowing him to 17th Annual ABO Educational
speak. Unfortunately, for us and others Conference 2009!
please e-mail Sheri Red Shirt: Michael DiSanto lost his battle with
email@example.com Once a year we have the opportunity to
cancer and died at the age of 60 on meet, greet, and network with one
Editor’s Note: Monday, May 25, 2009. Our industry another. Our appreciation for the work
Remember, you don’t have to be will not be the same without him. His we choose to do can be shared with
nationally certified to join the Opticians professional commitment led to formal seasoned opticians and new opticians.
Association of New Mexico, OANM. If education through his books written to Please join us on Friday November
you would like to become a member, encourage professional opticians to 13, 2009 OANM Reception. The
all you have to do is visit our website. become ABO Certified. OANM reception is known for a night of
Memberships are available for socializing, mingling, and of course
individuals ($55.00/ year) and dancing! The OANM Conference will
commercial firms ($125.00/year). The be held on Saturday November 14,
membership year runs from October 1, 2009. The following speakers will make
2009 to September 30, 2010. Current this years conference memorable:
members will receive a renewal sticker Janice Miletich- Strategic Account
during our annual conference. Should Manager for DEFINITY with Essilor of
you need your name changed or America, Inc. She has been in the
address updated please let us know. optical industry for over 30 years. She
This newsletter is also posted on the is a certified optician and an expert on
OANM website. See the Useful DEFINITY lenses and DUAL ADD
Connections section for website Technology. Her course will discuss
location and other important websites. the advantages of upgrading your
patients to new eyecare technologies.
Career Opportunities David Kindel- Regional Manager
Are you looking for a qualified Mr. Michael DiSanto, ABOM Essilor Labs of America, Inc. An
employee or are you seeking Photo ABO/NCLE OANM Speaker 2008 Eastern New Mexico University
employment where your skills will be graduate with a double major in Biology
appreciated? If so, you can list or view In honor of his life’s work, the OANM and Chemistry, David has been part of
career opportunities by clicking on the would like you to join us in keeping his paraoptometric technology since 1973.
opti-board link on the OANM website. passion alive. We are requesting our David became District Sales Manager
member’s post a sign at your place of for Essilor earning District of the Year
Farewell to a True Master work to recognize our ABO and/or 2003.
During our last meeting we witnessed NCLE certified professionals. For more Raymond Dennis- Professor, Program
one of our industries true masters in ideas on how you can Honor Mr. Coordinator of the Ophthalmic Design
Opticianry, Michael DiSanto, ABOM. DiSanto’s memory, stop by the OANM and Dispensing Program at Middlesex
Last year, he brought a wealth of vendors table. Be proud of your career, Community College in Middletown,
knowledge, laughter and excitement to as he was, and encourage others to Connecticut. Mr. Dennis has been an
our conference. We gave him our become certified professionals. Mike’s Editor and Author of continuing
undivided attention, took photos and career goal was to let the public know education for Review of Optometry,
even asked him for his autograph. In opticians are competent and qualified Vision Care Product News, Lenses and
parting, he expressed a desire to return to do what we do best- care about Technology, 20/20 and the American
to New Mexico in the future and vision. Academy of Ophthalmology.
“And the Survey Says…” and the setting. The assumption was typically are employed include
Last year’s Salary Survey will go on made that the Dispensing Opticians optometrist and ophthalmologist
record as a baseline assessment taken reflected here were working an offices, hospitals and outpatient care
by the Opticians Association of New average of 40 hours per week with a centers. Other Industries that employ
Mexico. In the future, we would like to total of 2080 hours per year. dispensing opticians: Medical
increase the numbers of surveys by Dispensing Opticians Salary: Median equipment and supply manufacturing,
distributing the surveys to member’s Hourly and Annual-HOURLY- employment agencies, government and
and non-members. Dispensing Opticians median salary is colleges also employ these healthcare
$16.10 per hour. The lowest 10% earn workers.-Benefits -Fringe benefits such
Question 1: 80% of people surveyed $9.76 per hour and those in the upper as vacation, health insurance and
indicated certified personnel work at 10% earn more than $23.63 per hour. retirement plans will vary depending on
their place of employment. ANNUALLY-On an annual basis the the work setting and size of the
Question 2: 66% of people surveyed median Dispensing Opticians Salary is employer. Individuals in private
indicated a certification increases pay. $33,480. The lowest 10% earn a salary practice will have similar benefits
Question 3: 70% of non-certified of $20,300 per year while the upper enjoyed by self-employed or sole
workers are paid $10-$13 per hour. 10% earn more than $49,160 per year. proprietor businesses. A typical
Question 4: 65% of certified workers These salaries are calculated as a employment benefits package is worth
are paid $12- $18 per hour. mean or average, Lowest and Highest over $20,000 per year.
Question 5: Dispensing Opticians Salary. The
Based on your experience, what should lowest paid Dispensing Opticians earn Support Your Vendors!
the average pay be for a new hire with less with mean or average wages As members of the OANM, you can
no optical background? below $9.00 per hour. Presumably this also benefit from purchasing directly
Average Survey Response: $9.38 is offset by costs of living and other from the vendors at our conference.
Question 6: factors. The lower pay levels are Purchasing authority varies from one
What should the average pay be for a associated with rural areas and business to another. So, plan ahead by
new hire with formal training/ education schools. The highest pay levels talking with your employers purchasing
and no experience? are found in major population areas authority to discuss how to buy directly
Average Survey Response: $11.17 where the mean or average wage is from vendors.
Question 7: over $24.00 per hour. Demand and low In addition, your membership will help
What should the average pay be for a supply seem to be a significant factor in the OANM continue providing
new hire with two years experience? fueling higher salaries. The top FIVE continuing education credits at annual
Average Survey Responses: $12.72 paying states to earn an Dispensing conferences. Without your support and
Question 8: Opticians salary are Massachusetts membership, our conference would not
What should the average pay be for a $49,460, New Jersey $48,340, be a success. So, thank you for your
new hire with five years experience? Connecticut $47,550, New York support and membership!
Average Survey Responses: $15.04 $47,190, Nevada $46,680.-top 5
Metropolitan Areas-The best city or
Question 9: **OANM 2010 Board Elections**
What should the average pay be for a metropolitan areas to earn an
Dispensing Opticians salary are If you are ready or know someone
new hire with a two year degree from who could serve as an effective
an Accredited Opticianry School? Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA
Division $60,070, Nassau-Suffolk, NY Board Member- Nominate them!
Average Survey Responses: $16.40 Nominations for President, Vice-
Metropolitan Division $56,280,
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA President, and Treasurer /
If you have a topic you would like Secretary will be accepted by e-
surveyed, please contact an OANM $56,040, Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk,
CT $54,100, Hartford-West Hartford- mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. All
Board member with your idea. We also nominations must be received by
invite you to participate in this year’s East Hartford, CT $51,960-Private
Practice Vs Employment-Given the midnight 01 DEC 2009.
survey during our conference.
nature of the work these professionals
Dispensing Opticians Salary: perform Dispensing Opticians are Useful Connections-
Information from: Health Care Salary On-Line primarily employed rather than in -OANM- www.oanm.com
Website private practice.-EMPLOYMENT -National Federation of Opticianry
The average Dispensing Opticians DATA-According to the US Department Schools (NFOS) -
Salary is calculated by the US of Labor nationally there are over http://www.nfos.org
Government Bureau of Labor Statistics 70,090 Dispensing Opticians who earn -Dispensing Opticians Salary
from a variety of sources. According to a salary through being employed.- http://www.healthsalaryonline.com
the Bureau of Labor, Dispensing Where They Work -Of all the -ANSI Online
Opticians work in a number of settings Dispensing Opticians employed in the http://webstore.ansi.org
including hospitals, clinics and United States over 25,740 of them -Vision Council of America (VCA)
schools. A Dispensing Opticians Salary work in health and personal care http://www.visionsite.org
may vary depending on the location stores. Healthcare settings where they - ABOC/ NCLE Website