We’re also excited to share we’ll be raising pay for more than 4,000 opticians. After these investments, we expect the average wage for opticians to be more than $22.50 an hour. It’s another step in our strategy to offer good jobs that lead to great careers.
We’re making it easier for our vision center teams to grow their careers with the launch of the new Optician Development Program. This program will help our vision associates access higher-paying roles and more career opportunities by obtaining nationally recognized certification and licensure from the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners as they continue to help patients see better to live better. The training is offered through the Optical Training Institute and is paid for 100% by Walmart, including reimbursement for any of the fees associated with the certification or licensure.
Our opticians play a critical role in helping customers access vision care at Walmart. From recommending the ideal frame and lens combinations and taking custom lens measurements to making frame repairs or ordering contact lenses, our opticians deliver great experiences while providing affordable, accessible and quality care.
This is all part of our ongoing effort to recognize the great work of our Health & Wellness associates while investing for the future.
We’re proud to make these investments in our current and future associates. They’re on the frontline of health care in the communities they serve, helping people live better – and healthier.