Opticians, Dispensing Salary Information in Tennessee

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,800
25th Percentile Wage
$28,870
50th Percentile Wage
$36,920
75th Percentile Wage
$45,290
90th Percentile Wage
$50,510

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for opticians, dispensing in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $50,510. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $36,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,800.

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
$36,920
10.56% 14.25%
2016
$33,020
6.06% -
2015
$31,020
0.03% -
2014
$31,010
-1.74% -
2013
$31,550
-0.35% -
2012
$31,660
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in state of Tennessee ranges from $19,450 to $44,480. The highest paying area for opticians, dispensing in Tennessee is South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $44,480. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $41,520). The lowest paying area is Morristown with a median annual salary of $19,450.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$44,480
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$41,520
Clarksville
$40,210
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$39,970
Jackson
$39,870
Knoxville
$36,740
Chattanooga
$35,090
Memphis
$33,170
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$32,360
Johnson City
$32,090
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$31,620
Cleveland
$29,580
Morristown
$19,450




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