Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
68,390 2.0 % $17.17 $35,710 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.24 $12.51 $16.24 $21.02 $26.20
Annual Wage (2) $21,290 $26,020 $33,770 $43,710 $54,490


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 26,160 3.52 $16.23 $33,750
Health and Personal Care Stores 23,130 2.27 $18.21 $37,870
Other General Merchandise Stores 7,900 0.45 $16.46 $34,240
Offices of Physicians 7,390 0.31 $18.26 $37,980
Department Stores 1,960 0.14 $14.21 $29,560

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 26,160 3.52 $16.23 $33,750
Health and Personal Care Stores 23,130 2.27 $18.21 $37,870
Other General Merchandise Stores 7,900 0.45 $16.46 $34,240
Offices of Physicians 7,390 0.31 $18.26 $37,980
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 450 0.15 $19.16 $39,840

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 40 (7) $29.42 $61,190
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 230 (7) $20.74 $43,130
Outpatient Care Centers 580 0.09 $20.06 $41,730
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (8) (8) $19.36 $40,260
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 450 0.15 $19.16 $39,840


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 7,370 0.50 0.97 $18.78 $39,050
Texas 5,690 0.52 1.01 $14.79 $30,770
Florida 5,000 0.67 1.30 $18.91 $39,340
Illinois 3,190 0.56 1.08 $15.31 $31,840
Ohio 3,070 0.60 1.16 $16.91 $35,180




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 440 1.08 2.10 $14.26 $29,660
North Dakota 340 0.81 1.57 $13.54 $28,170
Hawaii 480 0.80 1.54 $19.05 $39,630
Maine 430 0.74 1.43 $16.87 $35,090
Montana 310 0.72 1.39 $15.01 $31,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,730 0.53 1.03 $24.35 $50,640
Rhode Island 260 0.57 1.11 $24.18 $50,290
New Jersey 1,170 0.31 0.59 $23.56 $49,000
Connecticut 750 0.46 0.89 $23.35 $48,570
New York 2,520 0.29 0.57 $22.84 $47,510





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 1,900 0.48 0.93 $18.77 $39,050
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.45 0.87 $15.56 $32,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.77 1.50 $17.49 $36,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,220 0.53 1.02 $16.97 $35,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.48 0.93 $19.79 $41,160
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,060 0.39 0.75 $14.29 $29,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,050 0.59 1.14 $18.64 $38,770
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.94 1.83 $16.73 $34,790
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.20 0.39 $24.93 $51,850
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 900 0.62 1.21 $20.57 $42,790




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)
Salisbury, MD 110 2.25 4.36 $13.81 $28,720
Bloomington-Normal, IL 180 2.10 4.08 $16.60 $34,530
St. Cloud, MN 170 1.76 3.41 $14.63 $30,430
Grand Forks, ND-MN 90 1.69 3.27 $12.70 $26,420
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 70 1.58 3.07 $13.85 $28,820
Bend, OR 100 1.56 3.03 $19.45 $40,460
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 120 1.44 2.80 $18.08 $37,610
Muncie, IN 60 1.42 2.75 $13.28 $27,620
Flint, MI 180 1.40 2.71 $18.88 $39,270
Sioux Falls, SD 190 1.37 2.66 $15.34 $31,900