Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
37,240 2.4 % $57.26 $119,100 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.84 $40.12 $53.03 $65.51 $91.39
Annual Wage (2) $53,740 $83,460 $110,300 $136,270 $190,090


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 21,900 2.50 $55.23 $114,880
Offices of Physicians 6,150 0.24 $67.93 $141,300
Health and Personal Care Stores 6,040 0.56 $56.21 $116,920
Outpatient Care Centers 1,010 0.12 $62.67 $130,360
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 630 0.01 $49.16 $102,260

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 21,900 2.50 $55.23 $114,880
Health and Personal Care Stores 6,040 0.56 $56.21 $116,920
Offices of Physicians 6,150 0.24 $67.93 $141,300
Outpatient Care Centers 1,010 0.12 $62.67 $130,360
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 530 0.03 $33.66 $70,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists (8) (8) $129.85 $270,090
Offices of Physicians 6,150 0.24 $67.93 $141,300
Outpatient Care Centers 1,010 0.12 $62.67 $130,360
Health and Personal Care Stores 6,040 0.56 $56.21 $116,920
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 21,900 2.50 $55.23 $114,880


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 3,810 0.23 0.87 $55.42 $115,260
Texas 2,600 0.22 0.84 $57.19 $118,950
New York 2,410 0.26 1.00 $59.49 $123,730
Illinois 2,150 0.36 1.39 $52.10 $108,370
Pennsylvania 1,800 0.31 1.20 $61.91 $128,770




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)
Nebraska 450 0.46 1.77 $51.61 $107,360
North Dakota 190 0.45 1.74 $64.44 $134,030
Oklahoma 690 0.44 1.67 $45.35 $94,320
Kansas 500 0.37 1.41 $53.68 $111,650
Virginia 1,370 0.36 1.38 $61.51 $127,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 80 0.24 0.91 $77.70 $161,620
Massachusetts 1,080 0.31 1.18 $70.54 $146,720
Maine 150 0.25 0.96 $67.73 $140,880
Connecticut 250 0.15 0.57 $66.76 $138,850
North Carolina 940 0.22 0.84 $66.25 $137,810



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,880 0.28 1.07 $55.16 $114,720
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.40 1.53 $52.28 $108,750
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.40 1.51 $57.93 $120,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 940 0.21 0.81 $56.85 $118,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 720 0.27 1.05 $51.62 $107,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 710 0.37 1.41 $62.00 $128,960
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 680 0.23 0.89 $44.97 $93,540
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 670 0.36 1.39 $72.88 $151,590
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 600 0.49 1.87 $55.97 $116,420
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 500 0.35 1.33 $62.13 $129,230


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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)
Dubuque, IA 40 0.78 2.99 (8) (8)
Altoona, PA 40 0.76 2.89 $58.56 $121,810
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 30 0.73 2.80 (8) (8)
State College, PA 50 0.67 2.55 $63.93 $132,980
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 90 0.62 2.39 $52.69 $109,580
Leominster-Gardner, MA 30 0.61 2.33 $68.17 $141,790
Prescott, AZ 40 0.61 2.33 $42.01 $87,390
East Stroudsburg, PA 30 0.60 2.30 (8) (8)
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 40 0.59 2.27 $82.12 $170,800
Bloomington, IL 50 0.59 2.25 $65.52 $136,290


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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)
Glens Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $104.37 $217,080
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.15 0.58 $95.25 $198,120
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA (8) (8) (8) $86.85 $180,650
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 230 0.19 0.74 $83.62 $173,930
Worcester, MA-CT 50 0.18 0.68 $83.43 $173,530
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 170 0.23 0.90 $82.89 $172,420
Columbus, OH 280 0.27 1.04 $82.28 $171,140
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 40 0.59 2.27 $82.12 $170,800
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 40 0.26 1.00 $81.91 $170,370
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 40 0.36 1.38 $81.16 $168,810

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 110 0.43 1.66 $95.13 $197,880
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.45 $50.64 $105,320
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 2.39 $33.43 $69,540
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 1.33 $72.05 $149,860
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 70 0.20 0.76 $65.39 $136,010

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)
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 2.39 $33.43 $69,540
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 2.14 $35.03 $72,850
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 1.76 (8) (8)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 1.68 $47.79 $99,400
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 1.69 $52.31 $108,810

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 110 0.43 1.66 $95.13 $197,880
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 0.90 $80.83 $168,120
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 1.33 $72.05 $149,860
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $68.96 $143,430
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 0.83 $65.50 $136,240


About May 2017 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.

(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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018