Optician Salary

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How Much Do Opticians Make?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that opticians make a median annual income of $37,570 or $18 per hour. The lowest 10% of opticians earned less than $28,910 and the highest 10% earned more than $60,280.

Do Opticians Get Paid Well?

Opticians earn less than the average worker in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for opticians is $37,570 per year. This is 10 percent less than the average salary for all occupations, which is $45,760.

How Much Do Opticians Make Starting Out?

The BLS does not provide average compensation data for entry-level positions for opticians just starting out, but the bottom 25% of opticians earn $30,310 each year according to the BLS.

How Many Opticians Are There In The United States?

In 2021, there were 69,800 opticians in the United States. The BLS predicts the number of opticians will increase by 6 percent, approximately 4,300 jobs, by 2030.

Where Can Opticians Earn The Most?

Opticians' salaries depend on location and work setting. According to the BLS, opticians earn the most in the following industries: offices of other health practitioners, health and personal care stores and general merchandise stores. The metropolitan areas with the highest pay for opticians are:

  1. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT - $70,300
  2. New Haven, CT - $69,460
  3. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT - $65,010

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How Much Do Opticians Earn In Each State?

The table below compares optician salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of opticians in each state as well as the number of opticians per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have employment statistics. 

Optician Salary
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
Connecticut
$62,820
430
0.277
New Jersey
$61,910
1320
0.349
Alaska
$57,310
90
0.307
New York
$54,550
3100
0.357
District of Columbia
$53,320
60
0.089
Massachusetts
$51,940
860
0.258
Vermont
$47,180
70
0.244
California
$46,490
8230
0.501
Virginia
$45,660
1990
0.539
Rhode Island
$45,220
170
0.383
Washington
$44,640
1590
0.497
Maine
$44,630
390
0.681
Ohio
$43,710
3110
0.605
Hawaii
$43,060
340
0.599
Oregon
$42,910
980
0.540
North Carolina
$42,250
1620
0.377
New Hampshire
$41,430
320
0.517
Maryland
$40,520
1110
0.441
Colorado
$40,060
1600
0.622
Arizona
$39,900
1040
0.365
Florida
$39,350
3490
0.413
Minnesota
$39,200
1550
0.572
Nevada
$39,110
740
0.589
Delaware
$38,310
360
0.833
Tennessee
$38,130
1350
0.465
North Dakota
$37,400
360
0.904
Georgia
$36,710
1580
0.367
South Carolina
$36,690
1000
0.496
Montana
$36,260
380
0.840
Wisconsin
$36,180
1370
0.506
Arkansas
$35,750
720
0.609
Kentucky
$35,620
910
0.512
Michigan
$35,420
2670
0.681
Illinois
$34,990
2950
0.524
Texas
$34,880
6720
0.555
New Mexico
$34,490
520
0.665
Pennsylvania
$34,490
2360
0.427
Nebraska
$33,720
620
0.655
West Virginia
$33,440
360
0.548
South Dakota
$33,270
500
1.219
Iowa
$33,240
950
0.647
Kansas
$33,200
630
0.471
Idaho
$32,540
490
0.676
Wyoming
$32,150
170
0.666
Missouri
$32,090
970
0.360
Indiana
$31,050
1690
0.580
Louisiana
$30,790
1230
0.685
Alabama
$30,590
980
0.513
Mississippi
$30,500
400
0.369
Utah
$29,410
990
0.664
Oklahoma
$29,040
750
0.483
Puerto Rico
$19,160
1000
1.219