Salary for Opticians, Dispensing

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Also known as: Certified Optician, Contact Lens Fitter, Eyeglass Fitter, Licensed Dispensing Optician, Licensed Optical Dispenser, Licensed Optician, Optical Dispenser, Optician
The role of a dispensing opticians is to fit patients for eyeglasses and/or contact lenses by taking a series of precise measurements. They may be required to bend or adjust frames, and must make sure that all lenses fit both prescription requirements and client's customization requests. These professionals may also create lenses to meet client specifications and prescriptions. Other duties they perform may include assisting clients in the selection of eyewear styles, colors and shapes to fit both vocational and aesthetic requirements. A high school diploma or the equivalent is required for this profession.

An Dispensing Optician usually gets a salary in a range of 24000 to 36000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Opticians, Dispensing can earn average salaries of Thirty Four Thousand Eight Hundred dollars per year.

Opticians, Dispensing can receive the highest pay in Connecticut, where they earn job pay of about $52180. People holding these jobs receive the highest pay in Wholesale Trade, where they can receive salary pay of $39880.

The national wage distribution is shown below. To overlay local salaries for a Dispensing Optician, please select your state.

ANNUAL SALARY

HOURLY RATE

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 16.47 percent nationwide in that time.
Opticians, Dispensing tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing
$39,880
Wholesale Trade
$38,380
Retail Trade
$36,350
Educational Services
$35,850
Health Care and Social Assistance
$33,460
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Health Care and Social Assistance
$33,460
Educational Services
$35,850
Retail Trade
$36,350
Wholesale Trade
$38,380
Manufacturing
$39,880

SALARY COMPARISON BY STATE

HIGHEST PAYING

Opticians, Dispensing have the highest average income in the following states
Connecticut
$52,180
Massachusetts
$49,690
New Jersey
$49,130
Virginia
$46,540
New York
$45,940
Hawaii
$42,310
Rhode Island
$39,870

LOWEST PAYING

The following states have the lowest average wages for this career
Oklahoma
$24,000
Nebraska
$25,760
Kansas
$26,170
Idaho
$26,190
Missouri
$26,580
West Virginia
$27,030
Puerto Rico
$27,030

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