Opticians, Dispensing Salary Information in Iowa

The average annual and hourly salaries for opticians, dispensing in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of opticians, dispensing amongst Iowa 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,560
25th Percentile Wage
$25,980
50th Percentile Wage
$30,570
75th Percentile Wage
$37,990
90th Percentile Wage
$46,490

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for opticians, dispensing in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $46,490. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $30,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,560.

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
$30,570
0.33% 8.90%
2016
$30,470
4.20% -
2015
$29,190
-3.36% -
2014
$30,170
3.68% -
2013
$29,060
4.16% -
2012
$27,850
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in state of Iowa ranges from $27,590 to $40,670. The highest paying area for opticians, dispensing in Iowa is Iowa City with a median annual salary of $40,670. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Waterloo-Cedar Falls (mean annual salary $34,520). The lowest paying area is Des Moines-West Des Moines with a median annual salary of $27,590.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Iowa City
$40,670
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$34,520
Cedar Rapids
$33,650
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$32,050
Ames
$31,960
Dubuque
$31,800
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$29,500
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$29,410
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$29,290
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$28,990
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$27,590




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