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Opticians, Dispensing Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of opticians, dispensing in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare opticians, dispensing salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Opticians, Dispensing

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,590
25th Percentile Wage
$29,110
50th Percentile Wage
$35,640
75th Percentile Wage
$44,200
90th Percentile Wage
$54,810

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for opticians, dispensing in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. 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 $54,810. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $35,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid opticians, dispensing is $24,590.

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 health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$35,640
1.37% 8.61%
2016
$35,150
1.65% -
2015
$34,570
2.49% -
2014
$33,710
1.90% -
2013
$33,070
1.51% -
2012
$32,570
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Compare Opticians, Dispensing Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of opticians, dispensing in 17 industries in the health care and social assistance 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 outpatient care centers industry with an annual salary $47,500. The lowest paying industry is the other ambulatory health care services industry (annual salary $28,260). For detailed opticians, dispensing salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Outpatient Care Centers
$47,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$42,960
Hospitals - State government owned
$42,420
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$41,700
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$41,590
Hospitals - Privately owned
$41,050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$40,900
Offices of Physicians
$38,790
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$38,750
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$38,750
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$35,590
Offices of Optometrists
$34,710
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$34,710
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$33,290
Home Health Care Services
$29,390
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$28,260
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$28,260

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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