Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
62,200 2.3 % $16.73 $34,800 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.13 $12.52 $15.84 $20.17 $24.41
Annual Wage (2) $21,070 $26,040 $32,940 $41,960 $50,780


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 25,790 3.88 $15.50 $32,250
Health and Personal Care Stores 21,100 2.14 $17.56 $36,520
Offices of Physicians 7,580 0.33 $17.45 $36,290
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,670 0.24 $17.83 $37,080
Department Stores 1,320 0.09 $15.33 $31,880

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 25,790 3.88 $15.50 $32,250
Health and Personal Care Stores 21,100 2.14 $17.56 $36,520
Offices of Physicians 7,580 0.33 $17.45 $36,290
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,670 0.24 $17.83 $37,080
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 630 0.21 $19.10 $39,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 440 0.01 $20.78 $43,210
Outpatient Care Centers 580 0.10 $20.64 $42,940
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 630 0.21 $19.10 $39,720
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 240 0.04 $18.48 $38,430
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,670 0.24 $17.83 $37,080


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 6,150 0.44 0.90 $17.92 $37,270
Florida 4,400 0.62 1.27 $17.48 $36,350
Texas 4,170 0.41 0.84 $13.58 $28,240
Illinois 3,990 0.72 1.48 $14.98 $31,150
Ohio 3,440 0.70 1.43 $16.24 $33,770




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)
North Dakota 360 1.00 2.04 $13.41 $27,880
South Dakota 350 0.91 1.87 $13.30 $27,670
Montana 330 0.78 1.60 $14.71 $30,590
Illinois 3,990 0.72 1.48 $14.98 $31,150
Ohio 3,440 0.70 1.43 $16.24 $33,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,300 0.34 0.70 $24.08 $50,080
Connecticut 770 0.48 0.99 $23.17 $48,200
Rhode Island 120 0.27 0.56 $22.92 $47,680
Massachusetts 1,540 0.50 1.01 $22.92 $47,670
New York 2,950 0.35 0.72 $21.36 $44,420

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,670 0.75 1.54 $15.79 $32,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.44 0.90 $17.36 $36,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.66 1.35 $23.32 $48,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.71 1.44 $14.15 $29,440
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.27 0.55 $22.99 $47,820
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 890 0.36 0.73 $12.77 $26,560
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 890 0.92 1.89 $15.99 $33,250
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.63 1.29 $17.74 $36,900
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 810 0.74 1.52 $16.31 $33,930
Baltimore-Towson, MD 780 0.63 1.29 $14.81 $30,810