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Optician Income Data

Median annual wages of dispensing opticians were $32,810 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $26,170 and $41,930. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,250, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $50,580. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of dispensing opticians in May 2008 were:

Other general merchandise stores $40,080
Health and personal care stores 34,700
Offices of physicians 34,090
Department stores 33,750
Offices of optometrists 30,460

Benefits for opticians are generally determined by the industries in which they are employed. In general, those who work part-time or in small retail shops have fewer benefits than those who may work for large optical chains or department stores. Self-employed opticians must provide their own benefits.

Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition

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