optician assisting a customer in an optometry office

How Much Do Opticians Make?

If you’re new to the optometry field or looking to make a career change, there are a lot of great reasons to consider becoming an optician:

  • You may only need a high school diploma or two-year degree
  • Optician job duties are a rewarding and challenging mix of customer service, sales, and clinical skills
  • You can further boost your career with a license or certification
  • The BLS predicts optician jobs will grow 15% through 2026

All of these perks aside, you may be wondering:

  • How much does an optician make a year?
  • What is the average optician pay?
  • Which states offer the highest optician salary?

Read on for answers to these questions and more.


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Optician Pay

How much do opticians make? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is an excellent resource for pay information as well as job outlook (which is highly promising at 15% growth). Median optician pay in the US is $36,250 per year (or $17.43 per hour). Furthermore, opticians make slightly more than dental lab, ophthalmic lab, and medical appliance technicians ($35,250 median pay).


ihireoptometry graphic with median optician pay, number of jobs, job outlook, and employment growth data


Optician Salary by State

While the median optician pay may be just over $36K in the US, opticians in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington have significantly higher salaries (as much as $62,540). The worst states for optician salaries are Kansas, Alabama, West Virginia, South Dakota, and Oklahoma (as little as $29,840).


ihireoptometry chart listing the top 5 and bottom 5 states for optician pay


Optician Salary by Work Environment

Opticians most commonly work in optometry offices, physician offices, health and personal care stores, and general merchandise stores. Of these locations, opticians in physician offices have the highest pay ($38,790 median annual wage) while opticians in optometry offices command the lowest salaries ($34, 710 median annual wage).


Now that you know how much opticians make, the best and worst states for this position, and how quickly optician jobs are expected to grow in the future, check out openings in your area today and take the next step in your optometry career!

by: Natalie Winzer, iHire
October 30, 2018

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