Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
73,520 1.9 % $17.70 $36,820 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.57 $13.00 $16.75 $21.61 $26.70
Annual Wage (2) $21,980 $27,030 $34,840 $44,940 $55,530


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 28,350 3.52 $16.73 $34,800
Health and Personal Care Stores 23,700 2.29 $18.30 $38,060
Other General Merchandise Stores 10,090 0.55 $17.35 $36,090
Offices of Physicians 7,230 0.29 $19.80 $41,190
Department Stores 2,110 0.15 $16.00 $33,290

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 28,350 3.52 $16.73 $34,800
Health and Personal Care Stores 23,700 2.29 $18.30 $38,060
Other General Merchandise Stores 10,090 0.55 $17.35 $36,090
Offices of Physicians 7,230 0.29 $19.80 $41,190
Department Stores 2,110 0.15 $16.00 $33,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 890 0.12 $22.17 $46,100
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 370 0.01 $21.62 $44,970
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (8) (8) $20.09 $41,780
Offices of Physicians 7,230 0.29 $19.80 $41,190
Health and Personal Care Stores 23,700 2.29 $18.30 $38,060


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 7,810 0.50 0.95 $20.39 $42,410
Texas 6,300 0.54 1.02 $14.47 $30,100
Florida 5,300 0.67 1.25 $19.12 $39,760
Pennsylvania 3,370 0.59 1.11 $17.82 $37,070
Michigan 3,220 0.78 1.45 $16.65 $34,620



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 400 0.96 1.79 $15.26 $31,740
Delaware 370 0.85 1.60 $18.51 $38,500
Montana 360 0.80 1.50 $15.94 $33,160
Nebraska 750 0.78 1.47 $14.49 $30,150
Michigan 3,220 0.78 1.45 $16.65 $34,620



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,520 0.45 0.84 $24.93 $51,850
New Jersey 1,670 0.43 0.80 $24.45 $50,860
New York 2,920 0.32 0.61 $22.49 $46,780
Washington 1,390 0.46 0.87 $21.90 $45,560
Rhode Island 170 0.35 0.66 $21.78 $45,290




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,060 0.50 0.94 $21.01 $43,690
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.24 0.45 $24.51 $50,990
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.42 0.78 $16.42 $34,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,370 0.47 0.87 $14.74 $30,650
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,330 0.71 1.33 $18.65 $38,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.56 1.05 $14.47 $30,100
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,280 1.09 2.05 $18.10 $37,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.47 0.88 $19.49 $40,550
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.64 1.21 $19.85 $41,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 980 0.52 0.98 $18.99 $39,490