How Much Does An Optician Make?

Opticians help clients choose the best eye-wear for their needs based on the prescription given to them by the ophthalmologist or optometrist. Making eye measurements, adjusting eye-wear and repairing damaged eyeglasses are just some of the tasks of an optician. Dispensing opticians are also responsible for the business operations of the optical store they work in.

Opticians don’t really earn lucrative wages but with the short educational preparation time needed to get into this profession, it’s a career that enables one to earn a living wage. One practical reason to become an optician is the very positive employment outlook in the next few years.

Average Optician Annual Salary

$37,860

The average annual salary for opticians is $37,860 a year. Salaries start at $22,670 a year and go up to $57,180 a year.

Average Optician Hourly Wage

$18.20

The average hourly wage for a optician is $18.20. Hourly wages were between $10.90 and $27.49 an hour.

Stats were based out of 75,270 employed opticians in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Optician

$57,180/year $27.49/hour

(Top 10% of Opticians)


Senior Optician

$45,910/year $22.07/hour

(Top 25% of Opticians)


Mid Level Optician

$35,530/year $17.08/hour

(Median)


Junior Optician

$27,890/year $13.41/hour

(Bottom 25% of Opticians)


Entry Level Optician

$22,670/year $10.90/hour

(Bottom 10% of Opticians)


Optician Average Salary Comparison

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$75k / year
$36 / hour
Dental Hygienists
$73k / year
$35 / hour
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$71k / year
$34 / hour
Orthotists and Prosthetists
$69k / year
$33 / hour
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$69k / year
$33 / hour
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$62k / year
$30 / hour
Radiologic Technologists
$59k / year
$28 / hour
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Hearing Aid Specialists
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Respiratory Therapy Technicians
$50k / year
$24 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Opticians

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Opticians

Optician Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Massachusetts $29.20 $60,740
#2 New Jersey $25.85 $53,770
#3 New York $24.66 $51,290
#4 Rhode Island $22.87 $47,560
#5 Alaska $21.52 $44,770
#6 Washington $21.50 $44,720
#7 Virginia $20.15 $41,920
#8 Vermont $20.07 $41,740
#9 Connecticut $20.02 $41,650
#10 Kentucky $20.02 $41,650
#11 California $19.72 $41,010
#12 Nevada $19.55 $40,660
#13 North Carolina $19.45 $40,470
#14 District of Columbia $19.00 $39,520
#15 Minnesota $18.97 $39,470
#16 Colorado $18.78 $39,070
#17 Maryland $18.37 $38,220
#18 Maine $18.26 $37,990
#19 New Hampshire $18.11 $37,670
#20 Florida $18.09 $37,620
#21 Oregon $17.91 $37,250
#22 Delaware $17.84 $37,110
#23 Hawaii $17.77 $36,950
#24 Pennsylvania $17.76 $36,950
#25 Arkansas $17.65 $36,710
#26 Arizona $17.52 $36,440
#27 Wyoming $17.50 $36,400
#28 Ohio $17.41 $36,210
#29 Illinois $17.21 $35,800
#30 South Carolina $17.20 $35,770
#31 Michigan $17.05 $35,470
#32 Nebraska $16.46 $34,240
#33 Tennessee $16.22 $33,750
#34 New Mexico $16.01 $33,300
#35 Idaho $15.99 $33,260
#36 Montana $15.96 $33,190
#37 Georgia $15.88 $33,030
#38 Wisconsin $15.75 $32,770
#39 Iowa $15.62 $32,490
#40 Louisiana $15.54 $32,310
#41 Texas $15.44 $32,110
#42 Missouri $15.32 $31,870
#43 Alabama $15.16 $31,530
#44 South Dakota $15.14 $31,490
#45 North Dakota $14.85 $30,880
#46 Utah $14.83 $30,840
#47 Mississippi $14.74 $30,650
#48 West Virginia $14.58 $30,330
#49 Indiana $14.39 $29,940
#50 Oklahoma $13.90 $28,910
#51 Kansas $13.74 $28,580
#52 Puerto Rico $11.30 $23,510

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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