Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
35,300 2.5 % $55.65 $115,750 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.89 $37.17 $49.95 $64.80 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $51,780 $77,310 $103,900 $134,790 (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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 20,430 2.54 $54.10 $112,530
Offices of Physicians 6,340 0.25 $68.31 $142,070
Health and Personal Care Stores 5,490 0.53 $50.70 $105,460
Outpatient Care Centers 850 0.11 $62.13 $129,240
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 480 0.02 $30.90 $64,280

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 20,430 2.54 $54.10 $112,530
Health and Personal Care Stores 5,490 0.53 $50.70 $105,460
Offices of Physicians 6,340 0.25 $68.31 $142,070
Outpatient Care Centers 850 0.11 $62.13 $129,240
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 480 0.02 $30.90 $64,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 6,340 0.25 $68.31 $142,070
Outpatient Care Centers 850 0.11 $62.13 $129,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 280 0.01 $55.64 $115,720
Employment Services 100 (7) $54.43 $113,220
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 20,430 2.54 $54.10 $112,530


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 3,990 0.26 1.01 $57.09 $118,750
New York 2,630 0.29 1.14 $63.82 $132,750
Texas 2,360 0.20 0.80 $54.89 $114,180
Illinois 2,260 0.39 1.51 $46.22 $96,130
Florida 2,090 0.26 1.03 $52.83 $109,880




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)
Idaho 290 0.44 1.73 $54.17 $112,670
Rhode Island 190 0.41 1.59 $50.84 $105,740
Hawaii 250 0.41 1.61 $51.90 $107,960
Oklahoma 630 0.40 1.54 $65.45 $136,140
Illinois 2,260 0.39 1.51 $46.22 $96,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.22 0.85 $86.93 $180,810
Connecticut 260 0.16 0.62 $86.62 $180,160
New Mexico 150 0.19 0.75 $67.76 $140,940
Oklahoma 630 0.40 1.54 $65.45 $136,140
Maryland 560 0.21 0.84 $63.90 $132,920





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,750 0.27 1.06 $60.66 $126,170
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.47 1.82 $44.48 $92,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.29 1.15 $53.32 $110,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 830 0.34 1.34 $60.77 $126,410
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 690 0.24 0.93 $47.15 $98,070
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 500 0.39 1.52 $62.36 $129,700
Pittsburgh, PA 490 0.43 1.68 $52.77 $109,760
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 470 0.25 0.99 $53.22 $110,700
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 440 0.32 1.25 $59.97 $124,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 440 0.29 1.11 $50.16 $104,330




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)
Leominster-Gardner, MA 40 0.74 2.87 $56.93 $118,420
Charlottesville, VA 80 0.74 2.89 $47.73 $99,270
Wichita Falls, TX 30 0.59 2.32 $32.90 $68,430
Oklahoma City, OK 360 0.59 2.32 (8) (8)
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 80 0.58 2.27 $53.43 $111,130
Alexandria, LA 40 0.58 2.28 $39.64 $82,450
Prescott, AZ 30 0.57 2.23 (8) (8)
Greenville, NC 40 0.56 2.20 $55.12 $114,650
Fargo, ND-MN 80 0.55 2.15 $50.24 $104,510
Waterbury, CT 40 0.54 2.10 (8) (8)