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The BLS reports that opticians earned a median salary of $33,330 in 2012. The best-paid earned $52,740 while the lowest-paid earned $21,030. Those who earned the highest salaries worked in outpatient care centers, hospitals and medical equipment manufacturing. Top-paying areas include Worcester, Mass., Trenton, N.J., and New Brunswick, N.J.

Job Salary Year
2004 $29,440.00
2006 $31,660.00
2008 $33,470.00
2010 $33,460.00
2012 $35,010.00

Average Optician Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With an average salary around $35,010 a year, optician’s earnings are slightly higher than those of a phlebotomist ($30,910), but lower than other professions on our list of Best Health Care jobs, such as nurse practitioner ($91,450), occupational therapy assistant ($53,090) and nutritionist ($56,170).

Job Name Salary
Physician Assistant $90,930.00
Dietitian and Nutritionist $55,240.00
Medical Equipment Repairer $44,570.00
Optician $33,330.00

Best Paying Cities for Opticians

The highest paid in the optician profession work in the metropolitan areas of Worcester, Mass., Trenton, N.J., and New Brunswick, N.J. The Nassau, N.Y. area also pays well, as does the city of New Haven, Conn.

Worcester, Mass.

Average Salary: $60,300 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an optician working in Worcester, Mass. is $60,300, which is $26,970 more than the average pay in the profession.

Trenton, N.J.

Average Salary: $55,370 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an optician working in Trenton, N.J. is $55,370, which is $22,040 more than the average pay in the profession.

New Brunswick, N.J.

Average Salary: $54,640 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an optician working in New Brunswick, N.J. is $54,640, which is $21,310 more than the average pay in the profession.

Nassau, N.Y.

Average Salary: $51,410 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an optician working in Nassau, N.Y. is $51,410, which is $18,080 more than the average pay in the profession.

New Haven, Conn.

Average Salary: $50,840 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an optician working in New Haven, Conn. is $50,840, which is $17,510 more than the average pay in the profession.

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