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Opticians, Dispensing Salary Information in Pennsylvania

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,100
25th Percentile Wage
$28,660
50th Percentile Wage
$36,160
75th Percentile Wage
$44,950
90th Percentile Wage
$52,050

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for opticians, dispensing in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $52,050. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $36,160. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,100.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$11.10
25th Percentile Wage
$13.78
50th Percentile Wage
$17.38
75th Percentile Wage
$21.61
90th Percentile Wage
$25.03

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for opticians, dispensing in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $25.03. The median hourly salary is $17.38. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $11.10.

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
201636,1601.49%6.11%
201535,6202.11%-
201434,870-0.46%-
201335,0303.08%-
201233,950--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $27,370 to $55,930. The highest paying area for opticians, dispensing in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $55,930. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Lebanon (mean annual salary $45,970). The lowest paying area is Altoona with a median annual salary of $27,370.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$55,930
Lebanon
$45,970
Pittsburgh
$41,600
Lancaster
$39,620
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$38,290
Reading
$37,510
Philadelphia
$37,470
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$36,840
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$36,480
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$36,030
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$35,810
York-Hanover
$34,540
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$33,670
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$32,580
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$30,090
Erie
$29,100
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$28,720
Johnstown
$27,500
Altoona
$27,370


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