Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
73,110 1.9 % $17.43 $36,260 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.34 $12.71 $16.48 $21.38 $26.52
Annual Wage (2) $21,510 $26,440 $34,280 $44,470 $55,160


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 27,920 3.61 $16.45 $34,210
Health and Personal Care Stores 23,540 2.31 $18.58 $38,660
Other General Merchandise Stores 10,230 0.57 $16.42 $34,150
Offices of Physicians 7,240 0.29 $19.25 $40,050
Department Stores 2,410 0.17 $14.81 $30,800

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 27,920 3.61 $16.45 $34,210
Health and Personal Care Stores 23,540 2.31 $18.58 $38,660
Other General Merchandise Stores 10,230 0.57 $16.42 $34,150
Offices of Physicians 7,240 0.29 $19.25 $40,050
Department Stores 2,410 0.17 $14.81 $30,800

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 30 (7) $27.09 $56,360
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 300 0.01 $21.98 $45,720
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 200 0.06 $20.15 $41,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (8) (8) $19.91 $41,410
Offices of Physicians 7,240 0.29 $19.25 $40,050


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 8,040 0.53 0.98 $18.92 $39,350
Texas 6,360 0.57 1.05 $14.81 $30,810
Florida 5,220 0.68 1.26 $19.06 $39,640
Michigan 3,180 0.78 1.44 $16.73 $34,800
Pennsylvania 3,130 0.55 1.02 $17.65 $36,710



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 420 1.02 1.88 $14.07 $29,270
Delaware 380 0.90 1.67 $18.08 $37,610
New Hampshire 490 0.78 1.44 $19.32 $40,190
Nebraska 740 0.78 1.44 $14.61 $30,390
Michigan 3,180 0.78 1.44 $16.73 $34,800



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,770 0.53 0.98 $24.63 $51,230
New Jersey 1,380 0.36 0.66 $24.19 $50,310
Rhode Island 170 0.37 0.69 $23.48 $48,840
New York 2,860 0.32 0.60 $22.70 $47,230
Connecticut 960 0.58 1.08 $22.24 $46,260




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 2,330 0.58 1.06 $19.22 $39,970
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,640 0.73 1.36 $17.63 $36,670
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.36 0.67 $15.86 $33,000
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,340 1.18 2.17 $17.81 $37,040
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,290 0.45 0.84 $14.05 $29,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.50 0.92 $19.16 $39,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,160 0.64 1.18 $18.72 $38,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.21 0.39 $25.66 $53,380
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 940 0.51 0.95 $18.26 $37,970
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 910 0.61 1.13 $20.00 $41,590



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)
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 90 2.17 4.02 $14.67 $30,510
Great Falls, MT 70 1.90 3.51 $15.54 $32,330
Salisbury, MD 90 1.83 3.38 $14.03 $29,170
St. Cloud, MN 180 1.77 3.27 $19.75 $41,090
Casper, WY 70 1.62 3.00 $16.72 $34,770
Bend, OR 110 1.62 3.00 $19.67 $40,920
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 80 1.56 2.89 $17.99 $37,430
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 380 1.48 2.74 $18.69 $38,860
Rapid City, SD 90 1.47 2.72 $14.19 $29,520
Logan, UT-ID 80 1.47 2.71 $13.71 $28,520