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How much does an Optician make in the United States?

Average Optician Hourly Wage in the United States

Opticians earn a median hourly wage of $16.75. Hourly wages typically start from $10.57 and go up to $26.70.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Optician Yearly Salary in the United States

Opticians earn a median salary of $34,840 per year. Salaries typically start from $21,980 and go up to $55,530.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Learn more about the Optician job market for salaries of real jobs in your area.

Based on the type of work setting, the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the average salary for opticians employed in general merchandise stores earned a yearly salary of about $36,280, while those employed in department stores earned less than $29,660 per annum.

Based on years of work experience according to BLS reports, an average yearly salary for an optician is as follows: an individual with less than one to four years of work experience earns from $17,114 – $44,698/yr; someone with five to nine years earns from $22,408 – $45,429/yr; someone with 10-19 years of experience receives between $28,358 – $62,030/yr; and someone with more than 20 years of work experience earns from $29,491 – $57,704/yr.

Employment Type Mix

84%
Full-Time
16%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Optician demographics

Salary Satisfaction

2.7
SCORE
115
RATINGS
Opticians average a score of 2.7 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Opticians in the 18th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Optician satisfaction

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Optician Earnings by Seniority

Top End Optician Earnings

The highest earning Opticians in the United States earn:

$26.70
an hour
$55,530
per year
Senior Optician Earnings

Senior Opticians in the United States earn:

$21.61
an hour
$44,940
per year
Experienced Optician Earnings

Experienced Opticians in the United States earn:

$16.75
an hour
$34,840
per year
Junior Optician Earnings

Junior Opticians in the United States earn:

$13.00
an hour
$27,030
per year
Starting Optician Earnings

Starting Opticians in the United States earn:

$10.57
an hour
$21,980
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Optician salary comparison

Opticians earn less than 70% percent of Health careers. Optician salaries are in the bottom 84% of all careers in the United States.

Dentist Salary $152k
Informatics Nurse Specialist Salary $85k
Clinical Psychologist Salary $70k
Respiratory Therapist Salary $57k
Mental Health Counselor Salary $41k
Optician Salary $34k
Medical Secretary Salary $33k
Source:

Historical salary for Opticians in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Optician salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Optician Salary in Massachusetts $24.96 $51,910 # 1
Optician Salary in New Jersey $25.87 $53,820 # 2
Optician Salary in New York $22.21 $46,200 # 3
Optician Salary in Washington $22.41 $46,620 # 4
Optician Salary in Rhode Island $21.60 $44,940 # 5
Optician Salary in Alaska $20.98 $43,630 # 6
Optician Salary in Connecticut $18.83 $39,170 # 7
Optician Salary in Nevada $18.45 $38,380 # 8
Optician Salary in California $18.94 $39,390 # 9
Optician Salary in Vermont $19.60 $40,770 # 10
Optician Salary in North Carolina $18.63 $38,750 # 11
Optician Salary in Virginia $19.70 $40,970 # 12
Optician Salary in Florida $18.62 $38,730 # 13
Optician Salary in Arizona $17.95 $37,330 # 14
Optician Salary in Delaware $18.36 $38,190 # 15
Optician Salary in District of Columbia $18.90 $39,310 # 16
Optician Salary in Maryland $17.19 $35,760 # 17
Optician Salary in New Hampshire $17.55 $36,510 # 18
Optician Salary in Minnesota $17.11 $35,590 # 19
Optician Salary in Pennsylvania $17.13 $35,620 # 20
Optician Salary in Colorado $16.76 $34,860 # 21
Optician Salary in Maine $16.04 $33,360 # 22
Optician Salary in Kentucky $17.17 $35,720 # 23
Optician Salary in Hawaii $17.12 $35,620 # 24
Optician Salary in Ohio $17.48 $36,350 # 25
Optician Salary in Oregon $16.55 $34,420 # 26
Optician Salary in Michigan $16.44 $34,200 # 27
Optician Salary in Arkansas $14.88 $30,950 # 28
Optician Salary in Idaho $15.58 $32,410 # 29
Optician Salary in South Carolina $15.71 $32,680 # 30
Optician Salary in Georgia $15.29 $31,810 # 31
Optician Salary in Tennessee $14.92 $31,020 # 32
Optician Salary in Montana $15.59 $32,420 # 33
Optician Salary in Wyoming $15.31 $31,830 # 34
Optician Salary in Illinois $14.98 $31,160 # 35
Optician Salary in South Dakota $14.34 $29,830 # 36
Optician Salary in Utah $14.59 $30,350 # 37
Optician Salary in Louisiana $14.64 $30,450 # 38
Optician Salary in New Mexico $14.94 $31,080 # 39
Optician Salary in Iowa $14.03 $29,190 # 40
Optician Salary in Wisconsin $13.81 $28,730 # 41
Optician Salary in Nebraska $13.95 $29,020 # 42
Optician Salary in Texas $14.12 $29,360 # 43
Optician Salary in Alabama $14.37 $29,900 # 44
Optician Salary in Missouri $12.91 $26,850 # 45
Optician Salary in Indiana $14.03 $29,180 # 46
Optician Salary in North Dakota $13.29 $27,650 # 47
Optician Salary in Mississippi $12.80 $26,610 # 48
Optician Salary in West Virginia $13.45 $27,970 # 49
Optician Salary in Kansas $12.67 $26,350 # 50
Optician Salary in Oklahoma $12.27 $25,520 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Should I be an Optician?

Think you might be interested in becoming an Optician? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good optician? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

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  2. Get the Education

    • George Washington University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Georgetown University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Johns Hopkins University | Baltimore, MD
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
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      Offers: Bachelors
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