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Opticians, Dispensing Salary Information in North Carolina

The average annual and hourly salaries for opticians, dispensing in the state of North Carolina are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of opticians, dispensing among North Carolina 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 North Carolina

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,960
25th Percentile Wage
$30,470
50th Percentile Wage
$38,920
75th Percentile Wage
$49,480
90th Percentile Wage
$58,780

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for opticians, dispensing in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $58,780. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $38,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,960.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.48
25th Percentile Wage
$14.65
50th Percentile Wage
$18.71
75th Percentile Wage
$23.79
90th Percentile Wage
$28.26

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for opticians, dispensing in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $28.26. The median hourly salary is $18.71. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.48.

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
201638,9200.44%10.46%
201538,7502.68%-
201437,7106.21%-
201335,3701.47%-
201234,850--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in state of North Carolina ranges from $27,620 to $53,440. The highest paying area for opticians, dispensing in North Carolina is Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $53,440. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Raleigh-Cary (mean annual salary $45,760). The lowest paying area is Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $27,620.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$53,440
Raleigh-Cary
$45,760
Durham-Chapel Hill
$42,190
Asheville
$41,250
Wilmington
$40,520
Fayetteville
$39,230
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$36,920
Winston-Salem
$35,250
Jacksonville
$34,770
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$33,820
Greensboro-High Point
$32,770
Burlington
$30,750
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$30,650
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$27,620


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