Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
32,040 2.6 % $53.67 $111,640 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.35 $36.88 $48.70 $63.51 $89.10
Annual Wage (2) $52,720 $76,720 $101,290 $132,100 $185,320


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 18,760 2.53 $52.15 $108,460
Offices of Physicians 6,250 0.26 $64.22 $133,580
Health and Personal Care Stores 4,530 0.44 $48.57 $101,020
Outpatient Care Centers 780 0.12 $57.37 $119,340
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 580 0.02 $43.41 $90,280

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 18,760 2.53 $52.15 $108,460
Health and Personal Care Stores 4,530 0.44 $48.57 $101,020
Offices of Physicians 6,250 0.26 $64.22 $133,580
Outpatient Care Centers 780 0.12 $57.37 $119,340
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $42.95 $89,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 6,250 0.26 $64.22 $133,580
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 250 (7) $61.82 $128,580
Outpatient Care Centers 780 0.12 $57.37 $119,340
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 18,760 2.53 $52.15 $108,460
Department Stores 60 (7) $50.65 $105,350


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 4,180 0.28 1.18 $52.03 $108,220
New York 2,310 0.27 1.11 $59.66 $124,080
Texas 2,260 0.21 0.86 $50.70 $105,460
Florida 1,600 0.21 0.89 $58.11 $120,860
Illinois 1,560 0.27 1.13 $48.97 $101,860




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 390 0.65 2.70 $51.52 $107,160
North Dakota 160 0.39 1.61 $64.65 $134,470
Wyoming 100 0.36 1.50 $46.58 $96,890
South Dakota 140 0.36 1.47 $74.47 $154,890
Kansas 490 0.36 1.50 $53.90 $112,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.13 0.56 $85.00 $176,810
Connecticut 320 0.20 0.82 $77.21 $160,600
South Dakota 140 0.36 1.47 $74.47 $154,890
Rhode Island 100 0.22 0.92 $66.36 $138,030
North Dakota 160 0.39 1.61 $64.65 $134,470





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.26 1.10 $61.63 $128,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.29 1.19 $54.37 $113,080
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.27 1.13 $50.34 $104,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 860 0.31 1.30 $43.89 $91,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 650 0.28 1.14 $63.23 $131,520
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 500 0.28 1.17 $50.73 $105,510
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 480 0.27 1.12 $54.08 $112,490
Pittsburgh, PA 480 0.43 1.77 $49.11 $102,150
Kansas City, MO-KS 440 0.44 1.83 $56.62 $117,760
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 430 0.33 1.37 $51.18 $106,460




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)
Charlottesville, VA 90 0.94 3.91 $41.91 $87,180
Honolulu, HI 330 0.75 3.11 $51.84 $107,830
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 140 0.59 2.44 $56.14 $116,770
Fayetteville, NC 70 0.59 2.45 $93.22 $193,910
Reading, PA 100 0.58 2.41 $44.06 $91,640
Kingston, NY 30 0.56 2.32 $47.02 $97,800
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 40 0.54 2.25 $39.89 $82,970
Fargo, ND-MN 60 0.47 1.95 $55.46 $115,350
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 150 0.46 1.89 $69.94 $145,470
Kansas City, MO-KS 440 0.44 1.83 $56.62 $117,760




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)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 30 0.34 1.41 $103.00 $214,250
Sioux Falls, SD (8) (8) (8) $97.51 $202,830
Fayetteville, NC 70 0.59 2.45 $93.22 $193,910
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.15 0.63 $91.79 $190,930
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 140 0.27 1.10 $89.45 $186,060
Anchorage, AK 30 0.18 0.76 $85.20 $177,220
Raleigh-Cary, NC 110 0.21 0.86 $84.75 $176,290
New Haven, CT 30 0.12 0.50 $81.25 $169,000
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 120 0.29 1.21 $79.95 $166,290
Bismarck, ND (8) (8) (8) $75.94 $157,950

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 170 0.43 1.80 $55.00 $114,400
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.46 1.92 $51.51 $107,140
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.33 1.38 $84.09 $174,910
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 1.14 $57.68 $119,980
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.40 1.65 $44.42 $92,400

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)
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.53 2.17 $49.24 $102,420
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.14 (8) (8)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 1.94 $37.07 $77,110
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.46 1.92 $51.51 $107,140
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.45 1.87 (8) (8)

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)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $91.67 $190,670
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.74 $90.98 $189,240
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 1.37 $85.69 $178,230
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.33 1.38 $84.09 $174,910
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 0.71 $81.46 $169,430


About May 2013 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014