Optician Salary

optician-salary-chart.jpgOpticians work with optometry clients to help them choose lenses. They fit, adapt, measure, and design glasses and frames according to optical specification or prescription.

Salary

The average salary of an optician is $35,710 a year. The lowest 10% earns at most $21,290; the highest 10% earns at least $54,490. The median salary is $35,710 annually.

The best industries for employment are offices of “other” health practitioners (26,160 employed, $33,750 average); health and personal care stores (23,130 employed, $37,870); and “other” general merchandise stores (7,900 employed, $34,240). The top paying industry is management of companies and enterprises ($61,190 average, 40 employed).

The top three paying states are Massachusetts ($50,640 average), Rhode Island ($50,290), and New Jersey ($49,000).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of opticians is expected to increase by 23% from 2012 to 2022, which faster than average.

Optician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $19,130 $27,410 $37,600 $28,360
Alaska $26,860 $47,060 $58,810 $44,150
Arizona $22,310 $36,920 $55,530 $37,620
Arkansas $21,540 $32,320 $48,240 $33,780
California $23,280 $37,080 $59,370 $39,050
Colorado $21,220 $33,540 $53,050 $34,860
Connecticut $29,290 $48,190 $69,050 $48,570
Delaware $22,390 $35,900 $52,400 $36,620
Florida $22,950 $38,780 $55,900 $39,340
Georgia $21,980 $33,890 $48,350 $34,290
Hawaii $23,000 $39,120 $60,830 $39,630
Idaho $18,490 $26,450 $42,620 $28,360
Illinois $21,040 $31,370 $44,620 $31,840
Indiana $20,700 $29,350 $37,580 $29,370
Iowa $19,200 $29,060 $39,000 $29,260
Kansas $17,770 $27,890 $37,700 $27,870
Kentucky $21,230 $32,050 $45,460 $32,350
Louisiana $20,720 $27,650 $47,560 $30,600
Maine $25,080 $33,490 $46,980 $35,090
Maryland $19,970 $32,300 $53,820 $34,380
Massachusetts $30,040 $50,430 $72,300 $50,640
Michigan $21,540 $32,750 $47,140 $33,510
Minnesota $21,390 $33,780 $46,200 $33,640
Mississippi $19,860 $27,140 $37,780 $27,810
Missouri $19,240 $25,680 $38,150 $27,060
Montana $21,190 $29,700 $43,340 $31,230
Nebraska $19,980 $28,760 $40,860 $29,500
Nevada $22,810 $39,110 $65,990 $41,430
New Hampshire $25,280 $39,260 $59,460 $41,140
New Jersey $31,470 $50,600 $66,920 $49,000
New Mexico $20,720 $26,990 $43,860 $29,560
New York $33,000 $47,400 $62,180 $47,510
North Carolina $24,690 $35,370 $57,550 $38,480
North Dakota $20,270 $27,100 $38,400 $28,170
Ohio $24,250 $35,240 $46,140 $35,180
Oklahoma $17,760 $25,880 $42,350 $28,150
Oregon $22,170 $31,360 $46,830 $32,910
Pennsylvania $21,250 $35,030 $54,830 $36,480
Rhode Island $34,530 $52,270 $64,630 $50,290
South Carolina $17,590 $28,310 $45,490 $29,720
South Dakota $21,780 $28,830 $38,290 $29,660
Tennessee $20,690 $31,550 $47,830 $32,370
Texas $19,550 $28,790 $46,120 $30,770
Utah $20,700 $27,790 $45,390 $30,020
Vermont $32,190 $39,750 $56,270 $41,740
Virginia $21,160 $38,140 $55,950 $38,040
Washington $26,880 $44,010 $57,890 $43,020
West Virginia $17,980 $24,990 $34,060 $25,370
Wisconsin $18,530 $27,130 $42,450 $28,970
Wyoming $22,060 $29,130 $38,250 $30,070