Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
24,220 2.8 % $47.38 $98,550 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.65 $31.99 $43.77 $56.97 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $45,030 $66,530 $91,040 $118,490 (5)

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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 15,960 $45.90 $95,470
Offices of Physicians 3,660 $56.56 $117,650
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,660 $47.71 $99,230
Outpatient Care Centers 590 $44.98 $93,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 320 $48.51 $100,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Physicians 3,660 $56.56 $117,650
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 60 $54.05 $112,420
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 320 $48.51 $100,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 $48.03 $99,900
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,660 $47.71 $99,230

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
North Dakota 160 $42.21 $87,810 0.048%
Rhode Island 160 $49.00 $101,910 0.033%
Wyoming 80 $48.45 $100,770 0.031%
Illinois 1,810 $44.28 $92,100 0.031%
Alaska 90 $66.39 $138,100 0.030%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Vermont 70 $79.80 $165,990 0.023%
Delaware 100 $70.92 $147,510 0.024%
Alaska 90 $66.39 $138,100 0.030%
Georgia 460 $66.30 $137,890 0.011%
North Carolina 560 $65.25 $135,720 0.014%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Las Cruces, NM 60 $38.53 $80,140 0.091%
Waterbury, CT 50 $48.58 $101,050 0.072%
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 120 $60.21 $125,230 0.050%
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 40 $73.59 $153,060 0.044%
Lincoln, NE 70 $54.44 $113,230 0.044%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR (8) $89.10 $185,330 (8)
Spokane, WA (8) $87.17 $181,300 (8)
Greensboro-High Point, NC 60 $81.09 $168,660 0.017%
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 210 $77.62 $161,450 0.009%
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 40 $73.59 $153,060 0.044%

About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2006 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: December 6, 2007

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