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How Much Does an Optician Earn In The United States?

Optician Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$33,000
$24,000
$33,000
$45,000
The average optician makes about $33,271 per year. That's $16.0 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $24,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $45,000. Many of opticians seem to be drawn to retail and health care companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case opticians tend to work at health care, hospitality, and retail companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York pay opticians the highest salaries.
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Where Opticians Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where opticians earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Opticians Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an optician is roughly $33,271 per year, which boils down to $16.0 per hour. Interestingly enough, opticians have the highest salaries in New York, NY at about $37,094 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in New York, NY is $22,000. Additionally, opticians make more than the average salary in Simi Valley, CA, Portland, OR, Lebanon, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Ann Arbor, MI. On a more broad level, optician salaries are highest in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. On the contrary, West Virginia, Colorado, and Nebraska offer the lowest optician salaries.
Location
1. New York, NY
$37,094
Avg. Salary
$22k
$47k
2. Simi Valley, CA
$36,792
Avg. Salary
$22k
$47k
3. Portland, OR
$36,662
Avg. Salary
$22k
$47k
4. Lebanon, PA
$36,576
Avg. Salary
$22k
$47k
5. Baltimore, MD
$34,615
Avg. Salary
$22k
$47k
6. Ann Arbor, MI
$34,168
Avg. Salary
$22k
$47k

High Paying Optician Jobs

Which Companies Pay Opticians The Most?

To earn a high income as an optician, working for GLOBAL EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS or Mayo Clinic might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Indian Health Service and Oregon Health & Science University report highly competitive wages for opticians.
Company
Avg. Salary
$28k
$43k
Avg. Salary
$28k
$43k
Avg. Salary
$28k
$43k
Avg. Salary
$28k
$43k

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Optician Salary History

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    Recently Added Optician Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Optician Sam's Club Optical * USD Hourly
    Optician Sam's Club Optical * USD Hourly
    Fort Collins, CO
    Fort Collins, CO
    03/26/2021
    03/26/2021
    $32,349
    $32,349
    03/26/2021
    Optician
    Optician
    Jay, OK
    Jay, OK
    03/24/2021
    03/24/2021
    $24,940
    $24,940
    03/24/2021
    Lenscrafters-Optician
    Lenscrafters-Optician
    Broomfield, CO
    Broomfield, CO
    03/09/2021
    03/09/2021
    $34,895
    $34,895
    03/09/2021
    Optician, Park Meadows (NEW Store Opening Spring 2021)
    Optician, Park Meadows (NEW Store Opening Spring 2021)
    Lone Tree, CO
    Lone Tree, CO
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $33,392
    $33,392
    01/29/2021
    Optician FTE Owatonna
    Optician FTE Owatonna
    Owatonna, MN
    Owatonna, MN
    12/20/2020
    12/20/2020
    $35,312
    $35,312
    12/20/2020
    Optician
    Optician
    Vinita, OK
    Vinita, OK
    12/17/2020
    12/17/2020
    $24,940
    $24,940
    12/17/2020
    Optician I
    Optician I
    Iowa City, IA
    Iowa City, IA
    11/25/2020
    11/25/2020
    $36,026
    $36,026
    11/25/2020
    Optician
    Optician
    Tahlequah, OK
    Tahlequah, OK
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $24,940
    $24,940
    10/23/2020
    Optician
    Optician
    Portland, OR
    Portland, OR
    10/22/2020
    10/22/2020
    $48,481
    $48,481
    10/22/2020
    Optician
    Optician
    Astoria, OR
    Astoria, OR
    09/24/2020
    09/24/2020
    $48,481
    $48,481
    09/24/2020