Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
75,270 2.0 % $18.20 $37,860 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.90 $13.41 $17.08 $22.07 $27.49
Annual Wage (2) $22,670 $27,890 $35,530 $45,910 $57,180


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 29,630 3.54 $17.05 $35,470
Health and Personal Care Stores 23,750 2.26 $18.89 $39,290
Other General Merchandise Stores 10,500 0.55 $18.26 $37,970
Offices of Physicians 7,020 0.28 $19.81 $41,190
Department Stores 1,960 0.14 $16.89 $35,130

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 29,630 3.54 $17.05 $35,470
Health and Personal Care Stores 23,750 2.26 $18.89 $39,290
Other General Merchandise Stores 10,500 0.55 $18.26 $37,970
Offices of Physicians 7,020 0.28 $19.81 $41,190
Department Stores 1,960 0.14 $16.89 $35,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 190 0.06 $28.65 $59,590
Outpatient Care Centers 1,120 0.13 $22.52 $46,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 190 0.01 $20.68 $43,000
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 460 0.01 $20.57 $42,780
Offices of Physicians 7,020 0.28 $19.81 $41,190


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 0.50 0.94 $19.72 $41,010
Texas 6,430 0.55 1.02 $15.44 $32,110
Florida 4,930 0.60 1.12 $18.09 $37,620
New York 3,450 0.38 0.71 $24.66 $51,290
Michigan 3,370 0.80 1.49 $17.05 $35,470




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 1.90 $15.14 $31,490
Delaware 430 0.97 1.81 $17.84 $37,110
Wyoming 240 0.86 1.61 $17.50 $36,400
New Hampshire 510 0.80 1.49 $18.11 $37,670
Michigan 3,370 0.80 1.49 $17.05 $35,470




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 0.44 0.82 $29.20 $60,740
New Jersey 1,540 0.39 0.73 $25.85 $53,770
New York 3,450 0.38 0.71 $24.66 $51,290
Rhode Island 260 0.55 1.02 $22.87 $47,560
Alaska 140 0.43 0.80 $21.52 $44,770





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 2,130 0.32 0.60 $26.54 $55,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,970 0.47 0.87 $19.35 $40,240
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,500 0.41 0.77 $18.51 $38,500
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,500 0.51 0.95 $15.51 $32,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,440 0.74 1.38 $17.29 $35,960
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,370 1.14 2.12 $18.55 $38,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.53 0.99 $20.43 $42,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.50 0.93 $16.16 $33,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,210 0.63 1.18 $20.25 $42,110
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.77 1.44 $18.88 $39,260