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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 amongst California metropolitan areas 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,330
25th Percentile Wage
$31,430
50th Percentile Wage
$38,360
75th Percentile Wage
$50,340
90th Percentile Wage
$60,980

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 $60,980. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $38,360. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,330.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$11.70
25th Percentile Wage
$15.11
50th Percentile Wage
$18.44
75th Percentile Wage
$24.20
90th Percentile Wage
$29.32

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for opticians, dispensing in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $29.32. The median hourly salary is $18.44. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $11.70.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of opticians, dispensing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201638,360-2.69%4.48%
201539,3906.07%-
201437,000-0.22%-
201337,0801.19%-
201236,640--

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 $31,950 to $53,280. The highest paying area for opticians, dispensing in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $53,280. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Vallejo-Fairfield (mean annual salary $52,290). The lowest paying area is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $31,950.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$53,280
Vallejo-Fairfield
$52,290
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$47,490
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$47,120
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$45,500
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$44,800
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$41,510
Fresno
$40,830
Salinas
$39,760
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$39,730
Chico
$39,260
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$38,980
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$38,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$38,590
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$38,500
Visalia-Porterville
$37,720
Modesto
$37,600
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$37,260
Stockton
$37,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$36,950
Bakersfield-Delano
$35,190
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$35,100
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$35,070
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$34,860
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$31,950



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