Information About Opticians, Dispensing

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Training

Opticians, dispensing need long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Opticians, dispensing
Training for Opticians, Dispensing
Percent
Less than High School 2.7
High School 28.3
Some College 34.6
Associates Degree 17.8
Bachelors Degree 13.7
Masters Degree 1.1
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.7

Employment

Represents about 59,000 people in the United States- 1.2% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 8,000 more opticians, dispensing but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 20,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, opticians, dispensing make $16.70 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Opticians, dispensing $10.00 $12.40 $15.90 $20.20 $24.80
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $14.60 $20.30 $28.60 $40.00 $59.80
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, opticians, dispensing make $34,750 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Opticians, dispensing $20,920 $25,800 $33,100 $42,170 $51,620
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $30,500 $42,330 $59,570 $83,330 $124,550
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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