Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
60,680 2.2 % $16.70 $34,750 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.06 $12.40 $15.91 $20.28 $24.82
Annual Wage (2) $20,920 $25,800 $33,100 $42,170 $51,620


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 25,250 3.66 $15.76 $32,770
Health and Personal Care Stores 20,500 2.07 $17.45 $36,300
Offices of Physicians 7,010 0.30 $17.09 $35,540
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,900 0.25 $17.64 $36,700
Department Stores 1,480 0.10 $14.01 $29,150

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 25,250 3.66 $15.76 $32,770
Health and Personal Care Stores 20,500 2.07 $17.45 $36,300
Offices of Physicians 7,010 0.30 $17.09 $35,540
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,900 0.25 $17.64 $36,700
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 620 0.20 $18.40 $38,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $32.17 $66,920
Outpatient Care Centers 570 0.09 $21.64 $45,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 290 0.01 $20.84 $43,340
Employment Services 110 (7) $18.89 $39,300
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 620 0.20 $18.40 $38,280


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 6,000 0.43 0.90 $18.20 $37,850
Texas 4,420 0.43 0.91 $13.85 $28,810
Florida 4,040 0.56 1.19 $17.65 $36,710
Illinois 3,760 0.67 1.42 $15.17 $31,560
Ohio 3,010 0.60 1.28 $15.62 $32,490




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)
South Dakota 410 1.04 2.21 $14.49 $30,150
North Dakota 310 0.84 1.79 $13.04 $27,120
Delaware 330 0.82 1.72 $17.10 $35,570
Maryland 1,740 0.70 1.48 $14.87 $30,930
Oregon 1,090 0.69 1.45 $16.20 $33,700




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 1,380 0.37 0.78 $24.24 $50,420
Rhode Island 210 0.46 0.97 $23.36 $48,590
Massachusetts 1,400 0.44 0.93 $23.11 $48,060
District of Columbia 130 0.21 0.44 $22.10 $45,970
Connecticut 720 0.45 0.95 $21.96 $45,680





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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,500 0.70 1.47 $15.56 $32,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.40 0.84 $16.93 $35,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.72 1.52 $15.01 $31,220
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.26 0.55 $23.41 $48,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.51 1.08 $20.63 $42,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 910 0.41 0.86 $15.59 $32,430
Baltimore-Towson, MD 830 0.66 1.40 $14.07 $29,270
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 820 0.79 1.68 $15.35 $31,930
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.57 1.21 $18.76 $39,020
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 790 0.46 0.97 $16.90 $35,150




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)
Salisbury, MD 110 2.06 4.35 $14.21 $29,560
Ocala, FL 140 1.55 3.27 $17.64 $36,690
Bloomington-Normal, IL 130 1.55 3.27 $18.06 $37,560
Grand Forks, ND-MN 70 1.44 3.04 $12.08 $25,130
St. Cloud, MN 120 1.29 2.73 $18.52 $38,530
Bangor, ME 80 1.27 2.69 $17.54 $36,480
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 160 1.27 2.69 $14.71 $30,600
Bismarck, ND 80 1.27 2.68 $12.71 $26,440
La Crosse, WI-MN 90 1.23 2.60 $15.50 $32,240
Kokomo, IN 50 1.23 2.60 $13.21 $27,480