Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

29-2081 Opticians, Dispensing

Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. 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. Include contact lens opticians.

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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)
61,790 3.8 % $13.38 $27,830 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.84 $9.60 $12.31 $16.12 $20.91
Annual Wage (2) $16,310 $19,960 $25,600 $33,530 $43,490

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Health and personal care stores 22,640 $13.67 $28,430 1 10
Offices of other health practitioners 18,600 $12.82 $26,670 2 11
Offices of physicians 8,650 $14.88 $30,950 3 8
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 920 $15.27 $31,760 4 7
Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing 590 $12.75 $26,520 5 12

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Office administrative services 160 $23.15 $48,140 8 1
Management of companies and enterprises 130 $19.99 $41,570 10 2
Other hospitals 70 $17.00 $35,360 12 3
Nursing care facilities (6) $16.73 $34,800 (6) 4
General medical and surgical hospitals 520 $16.61 $34,550 6 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Nebraska 1,000 $11.13 $23,160 0.115% 434
South Dakota 320 $10.98 $22,840 0.088% 344
Indiana 2,390 $11.42 $23,750 0.084% 543
Wisconsin 2,090 $12.86 $26,740 0.078% 486
Michigan 3,000 $13.47 $28,010 0.069% 479

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 680 $20.12 $41,860 0.041% 265
New Jersey 1,420 $19.38 $40,320 0.037% 334
New York 2,470 $19.36 $40,270 0.030% 321
Massachusetts 1,100 $17.26 $35,910 0.034% 378
Alaska 80 $17.19 $35,760 0.028% 267

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Toledo, OH MSA 600 $12.40 $25,790 0.195%
Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI MSA 390 $11.89 $24,730 0.192%
Rapid City, SD MSA 90 $10.20 $21,210 0.179%
Casper, WY MSA 50 $11.21 $23,320 0.155%
Joplin, MO MSA 100 $11.52 $23,960 0.135%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA (6) $24.92 $51,840 (6)
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 240 $22.35 $46,480 0.038%
New York, NY PMSA 1,120 $21.96 $45,680 0.028%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 140 $21.91 $45,570 0.022%
Springfield, MA MSA (6) $21.16 $44,010 (6)

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(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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