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Comparable Areas Occupation:
New Haven Labor Market Area
All Industry
Estimated employment30
Mean wage71.84
Entry wage37.91
10th percentile wage17.17
50th percentile wage70.71
90th percentile wageN/A
 Top Employing Industries
 Industry Employment  Percent 
Education and Health Services2069.2%
 Best Paying Industries
 Industry Employment  Median Wage 
Education and Health Services2072.28
Optometrists (29-1041)
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.
Median Wage History
YearThis OccupationCompared to Occupational Group Difference 
Current$70.71 $35.63  $35.08
2012$70.36+0.5%$35.45 +0.5%$34.91
2011$68.99+2.0%$34.76 +2.0%$34.23
2010$67.91+1.6%$34.22 +1.6%$33.69
2009$66.72+1.8%$33.62 +1.8%$33.10
2008$66.01+1.1%$33.26 +1.1%$32.75
2007$64.05+3.1%$32.27 +3.1%$31.78
2006$61.90+3.5%$31.19 +3.5%$30.71
2005$59.52+4.0%$29.99 +4.0%$29.53
2004$57.86+2.9%$29.15 +2.9%$28.70
YearThis OccupationCompared to All Occupations Difference 
Current$70.71 $20.01  $50.70
2012$70.36+0.5%$19.89 +0.6%$50.47
2011$68.99+2.0%$19.55 +1.7%$49.44
2010$67.91+1.6%$19.24 +1.6%$48.67
2009$66.72+1.8%$18.92 +1.7%$47.81
2008$66.01+1.1%$18.66 +1.4%$47.35
2007$64.05+3.1%$18.18 +2.6%$45.86
2006$61.90+3.5%$17.60 +3.3%$44.30
2005$59.52+4.0%$17.06 +3.2%$42.46
2004$57.86+2.9%$16.65 +2.5%$41.21

Note: The mid-wage is the median wage. The average wage is the mean wage. The entry-level wage is equal to the average of the lower third of reported wages for the occupation. The wage range consists of the 10th and 90th percentiles; 80 percent of workers earn between this wage range, 10 percent earn less while 10 percent earn more.

Reference Date: 1st Quarter 2013



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Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
New Haven 70.71 30
Bridgeport-Stamford 68.05 140
Danbury 46.45 10
Waterbury 46.40 40
Norwich-New London 33.88 30
Highest Employment
Bridgeport-Stamford 68.05 140
Waterbury 46.40 40
New Haven 70.71 30
Norwich-New London 33.88 30
Danbury 46.45 10

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