Optician Salary

The average Dispensing Optician Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Dispensing Opticians work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. A Dispensing Optician Salary may vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Dispensing Opticians reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Median Hourly & Annual Data


 The average Optician salary is $15.91 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $10.06 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $24.82 per hour.


On an annual basis the median salary is $33,100. The lowest 10% earn less than $21,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $51,500 per year. These salaries are calculated as an average.

Lowest and Highest Optician Salary

The lowest paid Dispensing Opticians earn less with mean or average wages just above $10.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas and schools. The highest pay levels are found in major population areas where the highest wage is over $32.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 States

The top paying states are New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, and Connecticut. 

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best paying city or metropolitan areas are Boston MA, Edison-New Brunswick NJ, New Haven CT, Seattle-Bellevue WA, and Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT.

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Other Industries that Employ Opticians

Medical equipment and supply manufacturing, employment agencies, government and colleges also employ these healthcare workers.  The best paying industries are management of companies and outpatient care centers.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are over 60,680 Dispensing Opticians who earn a salary through being employed.

Where They Work

Of all the Dispensing Opticians employed in the United States over 20,500 of them work in health and personal care stores. Healthcare settings where they typically are employed include optometrist and ophthalmologist offices, hospitals and outpatient care centers.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Given the nature of the work these professionals perform Dispensing Opticians are primarily employed rather than in private practice.


Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.