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Northwest Workforce Development Area (1Q 2020)
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Estimated employment110
Mean wage$33.82
Entry wage$26.98
10th percentile wage$25.81
50th percentile wage$31.90
90th percentile wage$47.34
Top Employing Industries
Trade, Transportation,, and Utilities
Education and Health Services
Top Paying Industries
Median Wage
Trade, Transportation,, and Utilities$33.67
Education and Health Services$29.98
Opticians, Dispensing (29-2081)
Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. 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. Includes contact lens opticians.
Median Wage History
Compared to
Occupational Group
Current$31.90 $37.96  -$6.06
2019$30.88+3.3%$36.75 +3.3%-$5.86
2018$30.08+2.7%$35.79 +2.7%-$5.71
2017$29.38+2.4%$34.96 +2.4%-$5.58
2016$28.92+1.6%$34.41 +1.6%-$5.49
2015$28.37+2.0%$33.75 +2.0%-$5.38
2014$27.83+1.9%$33.12 +1.9%-$5.28
2013$27.30+1.9%$32.49 +1.9%-$5.18
2012$26.77+2.0%$31.86 +2.0%-$5.08
2011$26.36+1.6%$31.36 +1.6%-$5.00
Compared to
All Occupations
Current$31.90 $21.91  $9.99
2019$30.88+3.3%$21.02 +4.2%$9.86
2018$30.08+2.7%$20.38 +3.1%$9.69
2017$29.38+2.4%$19.83 +2.8%$9.55
2016$28.92+1.6%$19.38 +2.3%$9.54
2015$28.37+2.0%$18.98 +2.1%$9.39
2014$27.83+1.9%$18.57 +2.2%$9.26
2013$27.30+1.9%$18.20 +2.1%$9.11
2012$26.77+2.0%$17.88 +1.7%$8.89
2011$26.36+1.6%$17.60 +1.6%$8.75
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 2020
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
Northwest $31.90110
Southwest $31.2760
South Central $30.1290
Eastern $28.7760
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
North Central $22.21300
Northwest $31.90110
South Central $30.1290
Eastern $28.7760
Wages in other areas
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