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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 "Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric" (29-1241).


National estimates for Optometrists
Industry profile for Optometrists
Geographic profile for Optometrists

National estimates for Optometrists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Optometrists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
36,690 3.2 % $ 60.31 $ 125,440 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Optometrists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.21 $ 43.84 $ 56.76 $ 70.06 $ 94.14
Annual Wage (2) $ 60,750 $ 91,180 $ 118,050 $ 145,720 $ 195,810


Industry profile for Optometrists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Optometrists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Optometrists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Optometrists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 21,120 2.34 $ 57.54 $ 119,690
Offices of Physicians 6,880 0.27 $ 67.35 $ 140,080
Health and Personal Care Stores 5,290 0.55 $ 57.47 $ 119,540
Outpatient Care Centers 1,670 0.17 $ 78.30 $ 162,870
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 510 0.02 $ 37.31 $ 77,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Optometrists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 21,120 2.34 $ 57.54 $ 119,690
Health and Personal Care Stores 5,290 0.55 $ 57.47 $ 119,540
Offices of Physicians 6,880 0.27 $ 67.35 $ 140,080
Outpatient Care Centers 1,670 0.17 $ 78.30 $ 162,870
Offices of Dentists 220 0.03 $ 78.04 $ 162,320

Top paying industries for Optometrists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 1,670 0.17 $ 78.30 $ 162,870
Offices of Dentists 220 0.03 $ 78.04 $ 162,320
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 330 0.01 $ 67.63 $ 140,670
Offices of Physicians 6,880 0.27 $ 67.35 $ 140,080
Employment Services 60 (7) $ 58.89 $ 122,490


Geographic profile for Optometrists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Optometrists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Optometrists, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Optometrists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,430 0.27 1.02 $ 65.67 $ 136,600
Texas 2,830 0.23 0.89 $ 55.34 $ 115,100
Florida 2,040 0.24 0.91 $ 51.18 $ 106,450
Pennsylvania 2,010 0.37 1.39 $ 59.44 $ 123,640
New York 1,610 0.18 0.70 $ 67.02 $ 139,410




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Optometrists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 460 0.49 1.85 $ 53.37 $ 111,020
Idaho 340 0.47 1.79 $ 46.56 $ 96,850
Oklahoma 690 0.44 1.67 $ 55.32 $ 115,070
Alaska 120 0.41 1.55 $ 70.52 $ 146,680
Connecticut 600 0.39 1.48 $ 85.83 $ 178,530




Top paying states for Optometrists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 110 0.16 0.59 $ 91.22 $ 189,750
Connecticut 600 0.39 1.48 $ 85.83 $ 178,530
North Dakota 130 0.32 1.22 $ 82.90 $ 172,430
Alaska 120 0.41 1.55 $ 70.52 $ 146,680
Kentucky 420 0.24 0.90 $ 69.39 $ 144,320





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Optometrists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,830 0.31 1.19 $ 60.49 $ 125,810
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,660 0.19 0.71 $ 66.35 $ 138,000
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,000 0.23 0.87 $ 73.49 $ 152,860
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 900 0.25 0.95 $ 53.48 $ 111,240
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 760 0.26 0.98 $ 53.76 $ 111,830
Pittsburgh, PA 740 0.69 2.61 $ 53.61 $ 111,500
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 730 0.29 1.10 $ 47.66 $ 99,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 710 0.27 1.03 $ 55.36 $ 115,140
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 680 0.25 0.96 $ 73.96 $ 153,830
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 650 0.33 1.25 $ 62.28 $ 129,550




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Optometrists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wheeling, WV-OH 40 0.70 2.63 $ 59.53 $ 123,820
Boise City, ID 230 0.69 2.61 $ 46.05 $ 95,790
Pittsburgh, PA 740 0.69 2.61 $ 53.61 $ 111,500
Waterbury, CT 40 0.69 2.60 $ 72.55 $ 150,910
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 50 0.64 2.42 $ 50.53 $ 105,090
New Bedford, MA 40 0.61 2.33 $ 63.61 $ 132,310
Evansville, IN-KY 90 0.60 2.26 $ 87.97 $ 182,980
Bangor, ME 40 0.58 2.21 $ 40.80 $ 84,860
Topeka, KS 60 0.57 2.15 $ 47.56 $ 98,930
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 270 0.56 2.14 $ 53.30 $ 110,870




Top paying metropolitan areas for Optometrists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Columbia, SC 40 0.11 0.43 $ 109.78 $ 228,340
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 89.88 $ 186,950
Evansville, IN-KY 90 0.60 2.26 $ 87.97 $ 182,980
Reno, NV 70 0.32 1.20 $ 82.53 $ 171,660
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 82.14 $ 170,840
Greensboro-High Point, NC 80 0.22 0.85 $ 81.80 $ 170,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 270 0.24 0.91 $ 80.99 $ 168,460
Bakersfield, CA 30 0.10 0.38 $ 80.83 $ 168,120
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 440 0.32 1.20 $ 80.59 $ 167,630
Fayetteville, NC 60 0.45 1.72 $ 78.92 $ 164,160

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Optometrists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.38 1.45 $ 55.62 $ 115,690
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 120 0.83 3.15 $ 49.90 $ 103,790
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 1.82 (8) (8)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 1.60 $ 46.40 $ 96,510
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.67 2.53 $ 58.87 $ 122,450

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Optometrists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 120 0.83 3.15 $ 49.90 $ 103,790
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.67 2.53 $ 58.87 $ 122,450
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.59 2.24 $ 49.24 $ 102,420
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 2.09 (8) (8)
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 2.03 $ 97.58 $ 202,960

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Optometrists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.05 $ 105.57 $ 219,590
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 101.07 $ 210,220
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 2.03 $ 97.58 $ 202,960
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.45 $ 95.25 $ 198,130
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 1.13 $ 81.60 $ 169,730


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021