Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-1041 Optometrists

Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions. Ophthalmologists are included in "Physicians and Surgeons, All Other" (29-1069).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
26,480 2.6 % $51.32 $106,750 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.86 $34.44 $45.67 $59.91 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $49,630 $71,630 $94,990 $124,610 (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 17,060 2.56 $50.22 $104,460
Offices of Physicians 4,440 0.19 $59.47 $123,690
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,640 0.27 $49.52 $103,010
Outpatient Care Centers 510 0.09 $57.08 $118,720
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 420 0.02 $41.14 $85,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 17,060 2.56 $50.22 $104,460
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,640 0.27 $49.52 $103,010
Offices of Physicians 4,440 0.19 $59.47 $123,690
Outpatient Care Centers 510 0.09 $57.08 $118,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 400 0.02 $31.76 $66,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 4,440 0.19 $59.47 $123,690
Outpatient Care Centers 510 0.09 $57.08 $118,720
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 390 0.01 $50.85 $105,770
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 17,060 2.56 $50.22 $104,460
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 30 0.01 $49.64 $103,250


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,950 0.21 1.01 $50.47 $104,980
Illinois 1,790 0.32 1.56 $50.02 $104,040
New York 1,760 0.21 1.01 $51.74 $107,620
Texas 1,590 0.16 0.75 $48.60 $101,080
Pennsylvania 1,260 0.23 1.10 $48.15 $100,150




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 270 0.48 2.30 $48.40 $100,660
Oregon 560 0.36 1.71 $40.35 $83,920
North Dakota 120 0.35 1.69 $50.28 $104,590
Oklahoma 500 0.34 1.61 $46.27 $96,230
Nebraska 300 0.33 1.60 $58.05 $120,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 360 0.14 0.68 $65.13 $135,470
Ohio 740 0.15 0.72 $64.09 $133,310
North Carolina 790 0.21 1.01 $64.06 $133,250
Alaska 40 0.14 0.69 $62.50 $130,000
Virginia 600 0.17 0.81 $61.29 $127,490

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.35 1.69 $48.97 $101,860
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 940 0.19 0.91 $53.25 $110,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.19 0.89 $49.98 $103,950
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 460 0.19 0.89 $40.14 $83,500
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 380 0.40 1.91 $41.48 $86,290
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 380 0.17 0.83 $39.12 $81,370
Denver-Aurora, CO 380 0.32 1.53 $45.33 $94,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 360 0.16 0.76 $59.10 $122,940
Pittsburgh, PA 350 0.32 1.52 $45.12 $93,850
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 330 0.29 1.39 $44.31 $92,170




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lebanon, PA 40 0.77 3.69 $43.31 $90,080
Dover, DE 40 0.75 3.60 $33.73 $70,150
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 110 0.56 2.71 $32.66 $67,930
Bismarck, ND 30 0.56 2.69 $59.29 $123,320
Kingston, NY 30 0.53 2.55 $56.45 $117,420
La Crosse, WI-MN 40 0.52 2.48 $58.04 $120,720
Honolulu, HI 210 0.50 2.41 $48.41 $100,700
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 110 0.47 2.23 $44.73 $93,040
Boulder, CO 70 0.46 2.20 $50.65 $105,350
Columbia, MO 40 0.45 2.16 $41.22 $85,730




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 30 0.20 0.97 $103.17 $214,590
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 130 0.13 0.63 $88.22 $183,510
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 40 0.43 2.07 $84.53 $175,830
Amarillo, TX 40 0.42 2.00 $83.61 $173,910
Fayetteville, NC 50 0.37 1.78 $80.92 $168,320
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 180 0.30 1.46 $72.26 $150,300
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 30 0.34 1.65 $71.17 $148,040
Toledo, OH 40 0.14 0.66 $70.72 $147,090
Kansas City, MO-KS 250 0.27 1.27 $69.90 $145,380
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 30 0.25 1.21 $69.66 $144,890

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.38 1.82 $61.99 $128,930
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.30 $67.21 $139,790
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 1.23 (8) (8)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 1.99 $48.33 $100,530
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 2.12 $30.22 $62,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.66 3.16 $53.55 $111,390
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.53 2.52 $36.90 $76,750
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.52 2.47 $37.83 $78,690
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 2.42 $56.46 $117,440
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.30 $67.21 $139,790

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $80.01 $166,420
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.86 $78.25 $162,750
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.16 $74.20 $154,340
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 1.05 $73.86 $153,620
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.30 $67.21 $139,790


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $80.00 per hour or $166,400 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011