Optician earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Optician salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $45,360
Alabama $30,961
Arkansas $35,890
Arizona $30,263
California $39,310
Colorado $38,270
Connecticut $53,880
District of Columbia $46,650
Delaware $35,320
Florida $38,420
Georgia $32,890
Hawaii $45,040
Iowa $33,560
Idaho $30,780
Illinois $37,360
Indiana $28,183
Kansas $30,800
Kentucky $40,340
Louisiana $30,930
Massachusetts $57,400
Maryland $39,400
Maine $38,060
Michigan $35,190
Minnesota $37,900
Missouri $30,890
Mississippi $29,870
Montana $32,500
North Carolina $39,680
North Dakota $32,110
Nebraska $32,330
New Hampshire $41,040
New Jersey $57,450
New Mexico $29,880
Nevada $37,010
New York $54,730
Ohio $39,860
Oklahoma $30,410
Oregon $38,660
Pennsylvania $33,231
Puerto Rico $19,600
Rhode Island $50,650
South Carolina $37,910
South Dakota $29,930
Tennessee $36,770
Texas $34,690
Utah $28,910
Virginia $46,330
Vermont $46,140
Washington $43,070
Wisconsin $34,330
West Virginia $30,360
Wyoming $29,830

How much does an Optician earn?

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.

How do optician salaries compare to similar careers?

Opticians earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than medical appliance technicians but more than veterinary technologists.

Career Median Salary
Medical appliance technician salary $41K
Community health worker salary $39K
Endoscopy technician salary $38K
Ophthalmic medical technician salary $35K
Psychiatric technician salary $35K
Optician salary $34K
Medical transcriptionist salary $32K
Dental assistant salary $32K
Phlebotomist salary $31K
Veterinary technologist salary $30K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)