How Much Do Dispensing Opticians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Dispensing Opticians

Dispensing Opticians design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$41380 per year
Hourly wage
$20 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$26,080 to $30,540 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Dispensing Opticians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,080 to $30,540 per year or $13 to $15 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Dispensing Opticians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $30 $62,180
Senior (Top 25%) $24 $50,150
Middle (Mid 50%) $19 $38,530
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $30,540
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $26,080

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NJ $30 $63,300
CT $30 $62,170
AK $28 $57,480
NY $26 $53,130
DC $25 $52,210
MA $24 $50,670
CA $24 $49,220
HI $24 $49,070
VT $24 $48,920
WA $23 $47,710

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Dispensing Optician is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NJ doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NJ might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Dispensing Opticians are in the states of NJ, CT, AK, NY and DC.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $62260 $29.94
Employment Services $57130 $27.47
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $51130 $24.58
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $50590 $24.32
Management of Companies and Enterprises $49480 $23.79
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $48410 $23.27
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $45920 $22.08
Offices of Physicians $43300 $20.82
Local Government $43210 $20.78
Health and Personal Care Stores $40640 $19.54
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $38560 $18.54
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