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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Opticians, Dispensing Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,040
25th Percentile Wage
$28,730
50th Percentile Wage
$36,250
75th Percentile Wage
$47,040
90th Percentile Wage
$58,750

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 $58,750. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,040. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 144% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$36,250
1.99% 8.06%
2016
$35,530
1.94% -
2015
$34,840
1.61% -
2014
$34,280
1.49% -
2013
$33,770
1.30% -
2012
$33,330
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Table 2. Opticians, Dispensing Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of opticians, dispensing in 8 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 management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $59,800. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $35,620).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$59,800
Manufacturing
$54,440
Educational Services
$43,080
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,020
Wholesale Trade
$37,760
Retail Trade
$37,080
Health Care and Social Assistance
$35,640
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,620

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 $19,310 to $59,300. The highest paying state for opticians, dispensing is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $59,300. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,310. For more salary information of opticians, dispensing profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Massachusetts
$59,300
New Jersey
$57,990
New York
$55,170
Rhode Island
$51,280
Washington
$46,310
Virginia
$44,520
District of Columbia
$44,110
Vermont
$43,530
Alaska
$42,410
Connecticut
$41,110
Kentucky
$40,300
North Carolina
$39,360
California
$39,300
New Hampshire
$38,850
Maine
$38,280
Florida
$37,940
Hawaii
$37,490
Ohio
$37,390
Minnesota
$37,360
Tennessee
$36,920
Oregon
$36,830
Pennsylvania
$36,570
Delaware
$36,380
South Carolina
$36,350
Nevada
$35,820
Arkansas
$35,730
Colorado
$35,690
Maryland
$35,270
Arizona
$34,990
Michigan
$34,050
Nebraska
$33,510
Illinois
$33,360
Montana
$32,370
New Mexico
$32,350
Idaho
$32,160
Texas
$32,040
Georgia
$31,540
Wisconsin
$31,260
North Dakota
$31,100
Louisiana
$30,740
Iowa
$30,570
Utah
$30,310
Indiana
$30,210
Oklahoma
$30,100
Missouri
$29,940
Mississippi
$29,690
Kansas
$29,330
South Dakota
$29,300
Wyoming
$29,110
West Virginia
$28,880
Alabama
$28,750
Puerto Rico
$19,310



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