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Southwest Workforce Development Area (1Q 2017)
All Industry
Estimated employment240
Mean wage$20.66
Entry wage$15.39
10th percentile wage$13.98
50th percentile wage$18.90
90th percentile wage$30.73
Top Employing Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Percent
Education and Health Services12048.0%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities
Top Paying Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Median Wage
Trade, Transportation and Utilities19.31
Education and Health Services12018.37
Opticians, Dispensing (29-2081)
Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Include contact lens opticians.
Median Wage History
Compared to
Occupational Group
Current$18.90 $37.06  -$18.16
2016$18.46+2.4%$36.19 +2.4%-$17.73
2015$18.10+2.0%$35.50 +2.0%-$17.39
2014$17.76+1.9%$34.83 +1.9%-$17.06
2013$17.43+1.9%$34.17 +1.9%-$16.74
2012$17.09+2.0%$33.50 +2.0%-$16.41
2011$16.82+1.6%$32.98 +1.6%-$16.16
2010$16.53+1.8%$32.41 +1.8%-$15.87
2009$16.35+1.1%$32.06 +1.1%-$15.70
2008$15.86+3.1%$31.10 +3.1%-$15.24
Compared to
All Occupations
Current$18.90 $23.83  -$4.93
2016$18.46+2.4%$23.07 +3.3%-$4.61
2015$18.10+2.0%$22.59 +2.1%-$4.48
2014$17.76+1.9%$22.10 +2.2%-$4.33
2013$17.43+1.9%$21.66 +2.1%-$4.23
2012$17.09+2.0%$21.29 +1.7%-$4.19
2011$16.82+1.6%$20.95 +1.6%-$4.12
2010$16.53+1.8%$20.60 +1.7%-$4.07
2009$16.35+1.1%$20.32 +1.4%-$3.97
2008$15.86+3.1%$19.80 +2.6%-$3.93
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% of workers earn between this wage range, 10% earn less while 10% earn more.
Reference Date: 1st Quarter 2017
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
North Central $22.22110
Northwest $20.69130
Southwest $18.90240
Eastern $18.1060
South Central $16.62330
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
South Central $16.62330
Southwest $18.90240
Northwest $20.69130
North Central $22.22110
Eastern $18.1060
Wages in other areas
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