2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
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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- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
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.
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.
|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
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|
|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|
|Health and Personal Care Stores||$40640||$19.54|
|Offices of Other Health Practitioners||$38560||$18.54|
|Outpatient Care Centers||$||$*|