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Opticians, Dispensing Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for opticians, dispensing in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of opticians, dispensing among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Opticians, Dispensing in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,590
25th Percentile Wage
$33,190
50th Percentile Wage
$39,300
75th Percentile Wage
$51,020
90th Percentile Wage
$60,780

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for opticians, dispensing in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $60,780. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $39,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,590.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of opticians, dispensing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$39,300
2.39% 6.77%
2016
$38,360
-2.69% -
2015
$39,390
6.07% -
2014
$37,000
-0.22% -
2013
$37,080
1.19% -
2012
$36,640
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Opticians, Dispensing in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in state of California ranges from $34,170 to $54,200. The highest paying area for opticians, dispensing in California is Vallejo-Fairfield with a median annual salary of $54,200. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $48,960). The lowest paying area is Bakersfield-Delano with a median annual salary of $34,170.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Vallejo-Fairfield
$54,200
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$48,960
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$47,870
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$46,040
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$44,260
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$42,850
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$41,970
Fresno
$41,880
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$41,540
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$41,510
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$40,850
Redding
$39,800
Visalia-Porterville
$39,040
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$38,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$38,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$38,590
Salinas
$38,570
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$38,350
Napa
$38,300
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$38,290
Modesto
$38,070
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$37,920
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$36,990
Chico
$36,670
Stockton
$36,640
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$35,070
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$34,180
Bakersfield-Delano
$34,170




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