Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
33,340 2.3 % $54.33 $113,010 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.13 $37.50 $48.76 $63.74 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $52,270 $78,000 $101,410 $132,580 (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 19,550 2.53 $52.61 $109,430
Offices of Physicians 6,110 0.25 $66.85 $139,050
Health and Personal Care Stores 4,660 0.46 $49.24 $102,430
Outpatient Care Centers 730 0.10 $56.46 $117,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $30.77 $63,990

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 19,550 2.53 $52.61 $109,430
Health and Personal Care Stores 4,660 0.46 $49.24 $102,430
Offices of Physicians 6,110 0.25 $66.85 $139,050
Outpatient Care Centers 730 0.10 $56.46 $117,450
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $45.86 $95,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 6,110 0.25 $66.85 $139,050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 270 0.01 $64.44 $134,030
Outpatient Care Centers 730 0.10 $56.46 $117,450
Employment Services 100 (7) $55.30 $115,020
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 19,550 2.53 $52.61 $109,430


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 4,170 0.28 1.12 $53.67 $111,620
New York 2,550 0.29 1.17 $62.67 $130,350
Illinois 2,190 0.38 1.54 $44.40 $92,360
Texas 1,930 0.17 0.70 $57.92 $120,460
Florida 1,830 0.24 0.97 $47.58 $98,970




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 300 0.49 1.97 $49.07 $102,070
Illinois 2,190 0.38 1.54 $44.40 $92,360
North Dakota 160 0.37 1.49 $62.68 $130,380
Idaho 220 0.35 1.42 $50.97 $106,020
Rhode Island 150 0.33 1.33 $60.49 $125,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 50 0.17 0.68 $85.88 $178,640
Connecticut 290 0.17 0.70 $81.43 $169,380
Oklahoma 510 0.32 1.31 $70.35 $146,330
New Mexico 170 0.22 0.89 $68.70 $142,900
North Dakota 160 0.37 1.49 $62.68 $130,380





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 1,630 0.44 1.76 $43.42 $90,320
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,560 0.29 1.17 $61.63 $128,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.36 1.44 $52.43 $109,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 690 0.29 1.17 $64.53 $134,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 550 0.19 0.78 $53.69 $111,670
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 550 0.30 1.24 $54.35 $113,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 520 0.28 1.15 $55.28 $114,990
Pittsburgh, PA 460 0.40 1.64 $45.99 $95,670
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 400 0.30 1.22 $57.67 $119,950
Kansas City, MO-KS 390 0.39 1.56 $58.72 $122,130




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)
Salisbury, MD 50 0.94 3.81 $98.07 $203,980
Glens Falls, NY 40 0.79 3.21 $67.97 $141,380
Charlottesville, VA 70 0.68 2.76 $43.07 $89,580
Fayetteville, NC 70 0.60 2.44 $88.98 $185,070
Honolulu, HI 260 0.59 2.39 $49.84 $103,660
Kingston, NY 30 0.56 2.29 $51.82 $107,780
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 50 0.53 2.15 $83.96 $174,640
Wilmington, NC 80 0.52 2.11 $48.57 $101,020
Dover, DE 30 0.52 2.09 $60.38 $125,590
Billings, MT 40 0.51 2.07 $42.42 $88,230




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)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL (8) (8) (8) $116.14 $241,570
Salisbury, MD 50 0.94 3.81 $98.07 $203,980
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $96.74 $201,230
Anchorage, AK 40 0.22 0.91 $90.05 $187,310
Lincoln, NE 40 0.26 1.05 $89.64 $186,450
Fayetteville, NC 70 0.60 2.44 $88.98 $185,070
Bellingham, WA (8) (8) (8) $88.84 $184,790
Amarillo, TX (8) (8) (8) $85.18 $177,180
Oklahoma City, OK 280 0.47 1.92 $84.74 $176,260
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 50 0.53 2.15 $83.96 $174,640

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 1.49 (8) (8)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.32 1.28 $49.90 $103,790
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 1.97 $73.75 $153,410
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.31 1.24 $60.11 $125,030
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.54 2.20 $40.59 $84,430

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)
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.64 2.60 $42.40 $88,190
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.58 2.35 $44.82 $93,220
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.54 2.20 $40.59 $84,430
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 1.97 $73.75 $153,410
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 1.96 $51.65 $107,430

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 New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 0.95 $98.39 $204,640
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.59 $96.00 $199,680
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.25 $83.87 $174,440
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.18 $83.17 $172,990
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.69 $81.75 $170,030


About May 2014 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015