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Opticians, Dispensing Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for opticians, dispensing in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of opticians, dispensing among Washington 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Opticians, Dispensing in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,480
25th Percentile Wage
$35,010
50th Percentile Wage
$44,660
75th Percentile Wage
$54,960
90th Percentile Wage
$61,180

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for opticians, dispensing in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $61,180. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $44,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,480.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$13.69
25th Percentile Wage
$16.82
50th Percentile Wage
$21.47
75th Percentile Wage
$26.42
90th Percentile Wage
$29.41

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for opticians, dispensing in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $29.41. The median hourly salary is $21.47. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $13.69.

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
201644,660-4.39%5.02%
201546,6203.26%-
201445,1002.42%-
201344,0103.61%-
201242,420--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of opticians, dispensing in state of Washington ranges from $36,680 to $55,040. The highest paying area for opticians, dispensing in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $55,040. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $51,760). The lowest paying area is Kennewick-Pasco-Richland with a median annual salary of $36,680.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$55,040
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$51,760
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$46,750
Bellingham
$43,350
Bremerton-Silverdale
$41,120
Yakima
$40,830
Tacoma
$39,180
Olympia
$38,830
Spokane
$38,150
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$37,150
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$36,680


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