Optician earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Optician salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Massachusetts $57,400
New Jersey $57,450
New York $56,960
Connecticut $53,880
Virginia $46,330
Rhode Island $50,650
Vermont $46,140
District of Columbia $46,650
Alaska $45,360
Hawaii $45,040
Washington $43,070
Maryland $39,400
California $39,310
Oregon $38,660
North Carolina $39,680
New Hampshire $41,040
Nevada $37,010
Ohio $39,860
Kentucky $40,160
Florida $38,420
Colorado $38,270
Minnesota $37,900
Missouri $30,890
South Carolina $35,520
Tennessee $36,770
Maine $38,060
Illinois $34,170
Arkansas $35,890
Delaware $35,320
Georgia $32,890
Pennsylvania $34,230
Michigan $35,190
Wisconsin $34,330
Nebraska $32,330
Texas $33,610
North Dakota $32,110
Iowa $32,240
Montana $32,500
Alabama $30,660
West Virginia $30,360
Louisiana $30,930
New Mexico $29,880
Idaho $30,780
Mississippi $29,870
Oklahoma $30,410
Wyoming $29,830
Kansas $30,800
Utah $28,910
Indiana $29,860
South Dakota $29,930
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 Virginia. On average, they make less than health educators but more than hearing aid specialists.

Career Median Salary
Health educator salary $49K
Surgical technologist salary $48K
Neurodiagnostic technologist salary $45K
Ophthalmic medical technologist salary $45K
Surgical assistant salary $45K
Optician salary $46K
Medical appliance technician salary $39K
Licensed practical nurse salary $43K
Dental assistant salary $44K
Hearing aid specialist salary $39K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)