Opticians, Dispensing Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

The salary statistics of opticians, dispensing in the industry sector of retail trade are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare opticians, dispensing salaries in different industries within the retail trade sector.

Average Annual Salary of Opticians, Dispensing

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for opticians, dispensing in the industry sector of retail trade. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) opticians, dispensing is $61,100. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid opticians, dispensing is $23,430.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of opticians, dispensing in the industry sector of retail trade from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2.94% 7.36%
2.28% -
0.54% -
0.74% -
1.07% -
- -

Compare Opticians, Dispensing Salary in Different Industries within the Retail Trade Sector

The average salaries of opticians, dispensing in six industries in the retail trade sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for opticians, dispensing occupations is the health and personal care stores industry with an annual salary $37,400. The lowest paying industry is the pharmacies and drug stores industry (annual salary $29,560). For detailed opticians, dispensing salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Health and Personal Care Stores
Health and Personal Care Stores
General Merchandise Stores
Other General Merchandise Stores
Department Stores
Pharmacies and Drug Stores

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


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