Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
64,930 2.0 % $16.83 $35,010 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.11 $12.47 $16.03 $20.53 $25.35
Annual Wage (2) $21,030 $25,930 $33,330 $42,700 $52,740


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 26,100 3.63 $15.99 $33,250
Health and Personal Care Stores 21,530 2.15 $17.82 $37,060
Offices of Physicians 7,100 0.30 $17.40 $36,200
Other General Merchandise Stores 5,840 0.36 $16.47 $34,260
Department Stores 1,920 0.12 $13.69 $28,480

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 26,100 3.63 $15.99 $33,250
Health and Personal Care Stores 21,530 2.15 $17.82 $37,060
Other General Merchandise Stores 5,840 0.36 $16.47 $34,260
Offices of Physicians 7,100 0.30 $17.40 $36,200
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 700 0.23 $18.88 $39,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 630 0.10 $20.57 $42,780
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 230 (7) $19.42 $40,380
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 700 0.23 $18.88 $39,270
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 30 0.01 $18.77 $39,050
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 120 (7) $18.59 $38,660


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 7,110 0.50 1.00 $17.85 $37,120
Texas 5,380 0.51 1.02 $14.77 $30,720
Florida 4,170 0.57 1.15 $17.74 $36,900
Illinois 3,490 0.62 1.24 $15.69 $32,640
Ohio 2,930 0.58 1.16 $16.15 $33,580




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 440 1.11 2.23 $14.27 $29,690
North Dakota 360 0.90 1.81 $12.91 $26,840
Delaware 330 0.80 1.61 $16.62 $34,570
Hawaii 470 0.79 1.59 $19.65 $40,870
Maryland 1,670 0.67 1.34 $14.91 $31,010




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 1,270 0.34 0.67 $24.67 $51,300
Rhode Island 270 0.60 1.21 $24.46 $50,870
District of Columbia 160 0.25 0.49 $23.63 $49,160
Massachusetts 1,470 0.46 0.92 $22.54 $46,890
New York 2,530 0.30 0.59 $22.49 $46,780





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 2,050 0.56 1.13 $15.83 $32,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,900 0.49 0.98 $16.37 $34,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,690 0.81 1.62 $18.14 $37,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.50 1.00 $20.27 $42,160
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.22 0.44 $23.77 $49,440
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.99 1.99 $15.88 $33,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,030 0.45 0.91 $16.34 $33,990
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 990 0.37 0.75 $14.00 $29,130
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.70 1.40 $19.02 $39,560
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 810 0.46 0.92 $17.34 $36,070




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 130 2.47 4.95 $14.12 $29,370
Bloomington-Normal, IL 170 1.93 3.86 $19.32 $40,190
Grand Forks, ND-MN 100 1.92 3.85 $11.70 $24,340
Flint, MI 240 1.88 3.76 $17.98 $37,410
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 70 1.72 3.46 $14.45 $30,050
Ocala, FL 150 1.64 3.29 $16.95 $35,250
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 120 1.49 2.99 $17.18 $35,740
Rapid City, SD 80 1.41 2.82 $14.62 $30,410
Kokomo, IN 50 1.34 2.70 $13.29 $27,650
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 170 1.33 2.66 $14.88 $30,950