Optician earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Optician salary by state

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

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 mental health counselors but more than phlebotomists.

Career Median Salary
Mental health counselor salary $36K
Endoscopy technician salary $38K
Ophthalmic medical technician salary $37K
Medical transcriptionist salary $35K
Paramedic salary $35K
Optician salary $34K
Dental assistant salary $33K
Veterinary technologist salary $32K
Medical and clinical laboratory technician salary $31K
Phlebotomist salary $32K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)