Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
29,180 2.8 % $52.80 $109,810 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.28 $36.11 $47.03 $61.77 $88.72
Annual Wage (2) $52,590 $75,100 $97,820 $128,480 $184,530


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 17,530 2.44 $51.85 $107,860
Offices of Physicians 5,820 0.25 $61.24 $127,380
Health and Personal Care Stores 3,550 0.35 $48.83 $101,560
Outpatient Care Centers 640 0.10 $54.55 $113,470
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 490 0.02 $38.34 $79,740

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 17,530 2.44 $51.85 $107,860
Health and Personal Care Stores 3,550 0.35 $48.83 $101,560
Offices of Physicians 5,820 0.25 $61.24 $127,380
Outpatient Care Centers 640 0.10 $54.55 $113,470
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 390 0.02 $32.02 $66,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 5,820 0.25 $61.24 $127,380
Outpatient Care Centers 640 0.10 $54.55 $113,470
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 17,530 2.44 $51.85 $107,860
Department Stores (8) (8) $50.86 $105,790
Health and Personal Care Stores 3,550 0.35 $48.83 $101,560


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 3,550 0.25 1.11 $49.20 $102,330
New York 2,140 0.25 1.12 $56.58 $117,690
Texas 2,110 0.20 0.89 $46.06 $95,810
Illinois 1,490 0.26 1.18 $52.21 $108,590
Florida 1,320 0.18 0.81 $61.97 $128,890




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 330 0.55 2.47 $52.42 $109,030
North Dakota 180 0.45 2.00 $56.74 $118,020
Oklahoma 590 0.38 1.71 $49.79 $103,570
South Dakota 140 0.36 1.59 $66.58 $138,480
Montana 160 0.36 1.62 $42.11 $87,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.11 0.51 $76.96 $160,080
Connecticut 350 0.22 0.97 $74.38 $154,710
North Carolina 840 0.22 0.97 $68.66 $142,800
South Dakota 140 0.36 1.59 $66.58 $138,480
South Carolina 330 0.18 0.82 $62.24 $129,460





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.24 1.06 $58.56 $121,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.25 1.13 $49.49 $102,940
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 940 0.26 1.15 $51.92 $107,990
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 860 0.33 1.45 $38.53 $80,140
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 580 0.25 1.11 $60.20 $125,210
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 480 0.27 1.23 $41.01 $85,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 460 0.20 0.91 $55.31 $115,050
Pittsburgh, PA 440 0.39 1.74 $47.97 $99,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 430 0.25 1.12 $52.72 $109,650
Kansas City, MO-KS 420 0.44 1.95 $59.00 $122,710




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)
Waterbury, CT 40 0.65 2.88 $59.66 $124,080
Jonesboro, AR 30 0.63 2.81 $41.37 $86,060
Honolulu, HI 270 0.62 2.76 $52.62 $109,440
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 140 0.58 2.61 $53.50 $111,280
Flint, MI 70 0.57 2.54 $47.92 $99,670
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 120 0.57 2.56 $34.32 $71,390
Dover, DE 30 0.56 2.52 $53.54 $111,360
Bismarck, ND 40 0.54 2.43 $62.23 $129,440
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 50 0.53 2.35 $35.75 $74,350
Billings, MT 40 0.49 2.18 $43.69 $90,870




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)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 30 0.36 1.63 $96.64 $201,010
Fayetteville, NC 60 0.45 2.01 $95.35 $198,340
Toledo, OH 30 0.11 0.47 $91.05 $189,390
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 40 0.21 0.94 $84.68 $176,130
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $81.80 $170,140
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.31 1.37 $81.44 $169,390
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 30 0.22 0.96 $81.09 $168,660
Raleigh-Cary, NC 110 0.21 0.92 $79.22 $164,780
Greensboro-High Point, NC 60 0.19 0.83 $78.82 $163,950
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 140 0.33 1.48 $78.72 $163,730

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 160 0.42 1.88 $48.90 $101,710
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.33 1.46 $49.99 $103,980
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 2.53 $49.60 $103,170
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 2.07 $46.56 $96,850
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.51 2.28 $44.95 $93,490

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.70 3.11 $46.71 $97,150
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 2.62 $36.83 $76,600
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 2.53 $49.60 $103,170
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.51 2.28 $44.95 $93,490
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 2.21 (8) (8)

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)
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.84 $97.02 $201,810
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 1.19 $89.07 $185,270
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $83.13 $172,910
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 1.03 $82.03 $170,620
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 1.63 $81.78 $170,100


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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