Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
63,780 4.0 % $13.74 $28,570 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.92 $9.71 $12.67 $16.59 $21.35
Annual Wage (2) $16,480 $20,200 $26,350 $34,500 $44,410

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 24,580 $14.42 $30,000 1 7
Offices of other health practitioners 18,100 $13.07 $27,180 2 9
Offices of physicians 8,420 $15.04 $31,290 3 5
Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing 990 $12.02 $25,010 4 11
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 840 $14.40 $29,950 5 8

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Management of companies and enterprises 150 $20.27 $42,160 9 1
General medical and surgical hospitals 580 $16.79 $34,930 6 2
Colleges and universities 90 $15.88 $33,020 10 3
Outpatient care centers 430 $15.75 $32,760 7 4
Offices of physicians 8,420 $15.04 $31,290 3 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 900 $12.24 $25,460 0.103% 436
North Dakota 300 $10.90 $22,670 0.096% 399
South Dakota 330 $11.20 $23,300 0.093% 340
Indiana 2,540 $11.39 $23,690 0.089% 587
Montana 330 $11.99 $24,940 0.083% 395

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 860 $20.69 $43,040 0.052% 274
New Jersey 1,500 $20.67 $42,990 0.039% 316
Massachusetts 1,220 $20.50 $42,640 0.038% 295
New York 2,990 $20.32 $42,270 0.036% 330
Rhode Island (6) $18.83 $39,170 (6) 239

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
San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA MSA 230 $9.75 $20,280 0.234%
Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI MSA 390 $11.88 $24,710 0.196%
Toledo, OH MSA 580 $12.79 $26,610 0.189%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 260 $8.86 $18,420 0.160%
Provo-Orem, UT MSA 220 $10.28 $21,370 0.153%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA (6) $28.17 $58,600 (6)
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 230 $24.31 $50,570 0.036%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 190 $24.11 $50,150 0.075%
New York, NY PMSA 1,380 $23.58 $49,040 0.035%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA MSA (6) $23.22 $48,300 (6)

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

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(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 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: May 7, 2004

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