Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008

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.

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)
59,470 2.2 % $16.85 $35,060 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.22 $12.58 $15.77 $20.16 $24.32
Annual Wage (2) $21,250 $26,170 $32,810 $41,930 $50,580


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 23,620 $15.48 $32,200
Health and Personal Care Stores 20,630 $17.63 $36,670
Offices of Physicians 7,950 $17.46 $36,320
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,220 $19.12 $39,770
Department Stores 1,840 $16.85 $35,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 $22.08 $45,930
Employment Services (8) $21.79 $45,310
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 480 $20.30 $42,230
Outpatient Care Centers 460 $19.36 $40,270
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,220 $19.12 $39,770


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 410 $12.67 $26,340 0.117%
South Dakota 380 $13.13 $27,320 0.096%
Montana 320 $12.45 $25,890 0.072%
Missouri 1,810 $13.10 $27,240 0.066%
Iowa 930 $12.70 $26,420 0.062%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Massachusetts 1,400 $24.83 $51,650 0.043%
Connecticut 570 $23.66 $49,220 0.034%
New Jersey 1,300 $23.61 $49,120 0.033%
New York 2,360 $22.92 $47,660 0.027%
Virginia 1,900 $22.90 $47,640 0.052%


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
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 80 $18.32 $38,100 0.170%
Bismarck, ND 100 $12.96 $26,960 0.167%
Ames, IA 70 $12.64 $26,290 0.167%
Punta Gorda, FL 60 $24.59 $51,150 0.147%
Hattiesburg, MS 80 $12.82 $26,670 0.139%

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 670 $28.94 $60,190 0.039%
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 40 $27.13 $56,440 0.080%
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 120 $27.08 $56,330 0.028%
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 570 $25.04 $52,080 0.055%
Punta Gorda, FL 60 $24.59 $51,150 0.147%


About May 2008 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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2008 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 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: May 04, 2009

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