Optician Statistics in the US

The average employee age for opticians is 45 years. The optician workforce reached a whopping 58,303 in 2020!

Among opticians, we discovered that 74.3% of them are women, while 22.3% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among opticians is White, which makes up 70.6% of all opticians. Comparatively, there are 14.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of opticians are located in TX, Houston and IL, Chicago.

Opticians are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, opticians are more likely to find a job in the retail industry. Looking at optician statistics, we found was that Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, California and New Jersey are where opticians find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about optician demographics? We analyzed 16,337 opticians resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Optician Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as opticians. Keep reading to find out what the results for opticians were.

Optician Gender Ratio

Among opticians, 74.3% of them are women compared to 22.3% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 74.3%
  • Male, 22.3%
  • Unknown, 3.4%

Optician Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among opticians is White, which makes up 70.6% of all opticians. Comparatively, there are 14.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 70.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 14.9%
  • Black or African American, 5.5%
  • Asian, 5.4%
  • Unknown, 2.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Opticians

The chart below shows that 71.3% of opticians speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Russian at 3.4% and French is the third-most popular at 3.2%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 71.3%
  • Russian, 3.4%
  • French, 3.2%
  • Arabic, 2.7%
  • Vietnamese, 2.2%
  • Other, 17.2%

Optician Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among opticians.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Optician Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the optician position over time.


Optician Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of opticians changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of opticians based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Optician

By looking over 16,337 opticians resumes, we figured out that the average optician enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 33%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Optician Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of optician employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of opticians is 40+ years old, which represents 65% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Opticians with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, guitar technician and driver/technician have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Mammography Technician8%88%
Radiographer, Mammographer9%90%
Armorer Technician87%12%
Guitar Technician92%5%
Guitar Technician
Armorer Technician
Radiographer, Mammographer
Mammography Technician

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Opticians with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to opticians.

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Job Titleascdesc
Certified Medical Technician9.44%
Pharmacist Associate9.89%
Medical Data Analyst10.63%
Practical Nurse12.56%
Outdoor Emergency Care Technician15.76%
Certified Prosthetist18.68%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Optician?

Male Income
Female Income

Optician Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Hispanic or Latino men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Optician Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
High School Diploma or Less$36,465
Bachelor's Degree$37,144
Master's Degree$39,028
Some College/ Associate Degree$40,244

Optician Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Optician Heatmaps

Where Do Opticians Earn The Most?

The map here shows where opticians earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Opticians Located?

By looking through more than 16,337 resumes, we found that the most popular places for opticians are TX, Houston and IL, Chicago.

Number of Opticians

Where Are Opticians In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country opticians are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Optician Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ opticians. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most opticians is the retail industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire opticians.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Optician Work In

Employees with the optician job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most opticians prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ opticians. Those industries include retail, health care and hospitality.

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Health Care


Non Profits

Fortune 500

Optician Jobs