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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 cities 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 Pennsylvania

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,440
25th Percentile Wage
$29,060
50th Percentile Wage
$36,570
75th Percentile Wage
$45,740
90th Percentile Wage
$53,890

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 $53,890. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $36,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,440.

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
$36,570
1.12% 7.16%
2016
$36,160
1.49% -
2015
$35,620
2.11% -
2014
$34,870
-0.46% -
2013
$35,030
3.08% -
2012
$33,950
- -

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 $27,500 to $57,120. The highest paying area for opticians, dispensing in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $57,120. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Lebanon (mean annual salary $46,280). The lowest paying area is Johnstown with a median annual salary of $27,500.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$57,120
Lebanon
$46,280
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$40,310
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$40,220
Lancaster
$39,000
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$38,580
Reading
$38,170
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$37,660
Philadelphia
$36,940
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$36,440
Pittsburgh
$36,390
State College
$36,280
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$36,240
Altoona
$35,800
York-Hanover
$35,750
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$33,670
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$30,130
Erie
$29,540
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$29,370
Johnstown
$27,500




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