Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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. Ophthalmologists are included in "Physicians and Surgeons, All Other" (29-1069).


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)
27,950 2.9 % $51.79 $107,720 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.85 $34.56 $45.53 $59.68 $88.45
Annual Wage (2) $51,690 $71,880 $94,690 $124,120 $183,980


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 17,130 2.49 $50.86 $105,780
Offices of Physicians 5,220 0.22 $59.48 $123,720
Health and Personal Care Stores 3,140 0.32 $49.25 $102,440
Outpatient Care Centers 660 0.11 $54.92 $114,230
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 590 0.02 $40.94 $85,160

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 17,130 2.49 $50.86 $105,780
Health and Personal Care Stores 3,140 0.32 $49.25 $102,440
Offices of Physicians 5,220 0.22 $59.48 $123,720
Outpatient Care Centers 660 0.11 $54.92 $114,230
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $31.68 $65,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 5,220 0.22 $59.48 $123,720
Outpatient Care Centers 660 0.11 $54.92 $114,230
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 290 0.01 $50.91 $105,900
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 17,130 2.49 $50.86 $105,780
Health and Personal Care Stores 3,140 0.32 $49.25 $102,440


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 3,170 0.23 1.04 $48.57 $101,030
Illinois 2,020 0.36 1.66 $53.07 $110,380
Texas 1,990 0.19 0.89 $42.87 $89,170
New York 1,730 0.21 0.94 $57.83 $120,290
Pennsylvania 1,330 0.24 1.10 $50.40 $104,840




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)
Hawaii 290 0.50 2.28 $54.75 $113,870
North Dakota 150 0.40 1.83 $50.35 $104,720
Montana 160 0.39 1.78 $37.14 $77,250
Oklahoma 580 0.38 1.77 $46.48 $96,680
South Dakota 150 0.37 1.70 $71.46 $148,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 150 0.37 1.70 $71.46 $148,640
Connecticut 310 0.19 0.89 $71.31 $148,310
North Carolina 770 0.20 0.93 $70.06 $145,720
Alaska 40 0.13 0.58 $67.89 $141,220
Virginia 680 0.19 0.88 $63.32 $131,710





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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.42 1.91 $52.49 $109,170
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 920 0.18 0.84 $63.25 $131,560
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 840 0.33 1.52 $34.55 $71,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.18 0.83 $48.28 $100,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 570 0.33 1.52 $45.38 $94,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 390 0.17 0.78 $59.46 $123,670
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 390 0.33 1.50 $46.89 $97,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 380 0.17 0.79 $40.38 $83,990
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 360 0.20 0.92 $62.92 $130,880
Pittsburgh, PA 360 0.32 1.47 $52.39 $108,970




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dover, DE 50 0.84 3.88 (8) (8)
Lebanon, PA 40 0.79 3.65 $27.67 $57,560
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 150 0.74 3.38 $33.94 $70,590
Bismarck, ND 40 0.61 2.80 $56.76 $118,070
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 40 0.60 2.77 $32.62 $67,850
Kingston, NY 30 0.56 2.58 $55.51 $115,460
Waterbury, CT 30 0.51 2.33 $50.35 $104,730
Honolulu, HI 210 0.50 2.30 $56.58 $117,690
Billings, MT 40 0.49 2.27 $43.73 $90,960
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 120 0.48 2.20 $57.53 $119,660




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Toledo, OH 30 0.11 0.52 $92.69 $192,790
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.33 1.49 $91.20 $189,690
Fayetteville, NC 50 0.38 1.75 $90.98 $189,240
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $90.37 $187,980
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 40 0.43 1.98 $83.01 $172,670
Greensboro-High Point, NC 60 0.17 0.77 $80.72 $167,900
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 130 0.31 1.41 $79.48 $165,330
Raleigh-Cary, NC 90 0.19 0.86 $74.98 $155,950
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $72.76 $151,330
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 140 0.19 0.89 $71.99 $149,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.37 1.72 $49.06 $102,050
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.20 $49.59 $103,140
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 2.60 $48.89 $101,690
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 2.02 $60.03 $124,870
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 1.23 $53.91 $112,120

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 2.82 (8) (8)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 2.60 $48.89 $101,690
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 2.20 $32.83 $68,290
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.20 $49.59 $103,140
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 2.19 $50.25 $104,530

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 1.88 $88.21 $183,480
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 1.07 $85.52 $177,880
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.19 0.88 $84.77 $176,320
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.79 $78.37 $163,010
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.02 $72.29 $150,370


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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