Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-2081 Opticians, Dispensing

Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.


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)
62,200 2.3 % $16.73 $34,800 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.13 $12.52 $15.84 $20.17 $24.41
Annual Wage (2) $21,070 $26,040 $32,940 $41,960 $50,780


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 25,790 3.88 $15.50 $32,250
Health and Personal Care Stores 21,100 2.14 $17.56 $36,520
Offices of Physicians 7,580 0.33 $17.45 $36,290
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,670 0.24 $17.83 $37,080
Department Stores 1,320 0.09 $15.33 $31,880

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 25,790 3.88 $15.50 $32,250
Health and Personal Care Stores 21,100 2.14 $17.56 $36,520
Offices of Physicians 7,580 0.33 $17.45 $36,290
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,670 0.24 $17.83 $37,080
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 630 0.21 $19.10 $39,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 440 0.01 $20.78 $43,210
Outpatient Care Centers 580 0.10 $20.64 $42,940
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 630 0.21 $19.10 $39,720
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 240 0.04 $18.48 $38,430
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,670 0.24 $17.83 $37,080


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 6,150 0.44 0.90 $17.92 $37,270
Florida 4,400 0.62 1.27 $17.48 $36,350
Texas 4,170 0.41 0.84 $13.58 $28,240
Illinois 3,990 0.72 1.48 $14.98 $31,150
Ohio 3,440 0.70 1.43 $16.24 $33,770




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)
North Dakota 360 1.00 2.04 $13.41 $27,880
South Dakota 350 0.91 1.87 $13.30 $27,670
Montana 330 0.78 1.60 $14.71 $30,590
Illinois 3,990 0.72 1.48 $14.98 $31,150
Ohio 3,440 0.70 1.43 $16.24 $33,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,300 0.34 0.70 $24.08 $50,080
Connecticut 770 0.48 0.99 $23.17 $48,200
Rhode Island 120 0.27 0.56 $22.92 $47,680
Massachusetts 1,540 0.50 1.01 $22.92 $47,670
New York 2,950 0.35 0.72 $21.36 $44,420

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 2,670 0.75 1.54 $15.79 $32,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.44 0.90 $17.36 $36,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.66 1.35 $23.32 $48,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.71 1.44 $14.15 $29,440
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.27 0.55 $22.99 $47,820
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 890 0.36 0.73 $12.77 $26,560
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 890 0.92 1.89 $15.99 $33,250
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.63 1.29 $17.74 $36,900
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 810 0.74 1.52 $16.31 $33,930
Baltimore-Towson, MD 780 0.63 1.29 $14.81 $30,810





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)
Grand Forks, ND-MN 100 2.07 4.23 $13.96 $29,030
La Crosse, WI-MN 130 1.84 3.77 $13.68 $28,450
Salisbury, MD 90 1.74 3.56 $14.28 $29,690
Ames, IA 60 1.53 3.12 $11.63 $24,200
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 70 1.51 3.08 $17.80 $37,030
Gadsden, AL 50 1.36 2.79 $12.85 $26,720
Bismarck, ND 80 1.30 2.66 $12.87 $26,780
Billings, MT 100 1.28 2.61 $15.80 $32,860
Barnstable Town, MA 120 1.25 2.55 $16.10 $33,490
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 80 1.19 2.44 $14.34 $29,840




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)
New Haven, CT 240 0.89 1.83 $26.54 $55,210
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 530 0.55 1.13 $25.40 $52,830
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 720 0.43 0.88 $25.27 $52,570
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $24.43 $50,810
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.43 0.88 $24.31 $50,570
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 170 0.30 0.62 $24.31 $50,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.66 1.35 $23.32 $48,500
Waterbury, CT 50 0.78 1.60 $23.21 $48,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 520 0.39 0.80 $23.14 $48,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.27 0.55 $22.99 $47,820

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 200 1.06 2.17 $13.35 $27,780
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.48 0.97 $12.92 $26,880
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 150 0.88 1.80 $11.72 $24,380
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.62 1.27 $17.21 $35,790
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 130 0.57 1.16 $14.03 $29,170

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)
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 100 1.29 2.63 $11.90 $24,760
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.17 2.39 $13.51 $28,100
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.10 2.25 $14.00 $29,120
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.09 2.24 $14.01 $29,140
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 200 1.06 2.17 $13.35 $27,780

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.25 $46,290
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.59 1.20 $21.39 $44,490
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 0.80 $20.74 $43,150
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 1.50 $20.09 $41,790
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.04 $41,690


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.

(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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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011