Opticians, Dispensing Salary Information

The salary statistics of opticians, dispensing are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of opticians, dispensing within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The opticians, dispensing annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Opticians, Dispensing Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,670
25th Percentile Wage
$27,890
50th Percentile Wage
$35,530
75th Percentile Wage
$45,910
90th Percentile Wage
$57,180

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for opticians, dispensing. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) opticians, dispensing is $57,180. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $35,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,670. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 152% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201635,5301.94%6.19%
201534,8401.61%-
201434,2801.49%-
201333,7701.30%-
201233,330--

Table 2. Opticians, Dispensing Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of opticians, dispensing in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for opticians, dispensing occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $54,440. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $34,020).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$54,440
Educational Services
$42,850
Retail Trade
$35,990
Wholesale Trade
$35,850
Federal, State, and Local Government
$35,590
Health Care and Social Assistance
$35,150
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$34,020

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Opticians, Dispensing by States

From the above tables we note that not only opticians, dispensing salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of opticians, dispensing in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $22,260 to $57,180. The highest paying state for opticians, dispensing is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $57,180. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $22,260. For more salary information of opticians, dispensing profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Massachusetts
$57,180
New Jersey
$56,110
New York
$52,420
Rhode Island
$49,430
Washington
$44,660
Alaska
$44,600
Virginia
$42,660
Kentucky
$42,060
District of Columbia
$41,280
Vermont
$39,800
North Carolina
$38,920
Connecticut
$38,440
California
$38,360
Delaware
$38,050
Minnesota
$37,470
Florida
$36,680
Hawaii
$36,610
Colorado
$36,400
New Hampshire
$36,380
Nevada
$36,210
Pennsylvania
$36,160
Ohio
$36,040
Oregon
$36,030
Maryland
$35,910
Maine
$35,840
Michigan
$34,740
South Carolina
$34,130
Arkansas
$34,110
Wyoming
$33,910
Arizona
$33,810
Tennessee
$33,020
Idaho
$32,720
Montana
$32,530
New Mexico
$32,480
Illinois
$32,430
Louisiana
$32,330
Nebraska
$31,870
Texas
$31,400
Iowa
$30,470
North Dakota
$30,440
Georgia
$30,380
Wisconsin
$30,330
Alabama
$30,240
Utah
$29,940
South Dakota
$29,880
West Virginia
$29,380
Missouri
$29,000
Indiana
$28,970
Mississippi
$28,710
Oklahoma
$28,520
Kansas
$27,740
Puerto Rico
$22,260



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