Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

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).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 7016$79.15/hr$34.24/hr$38.99/hr$57.18/hr>$100/hr>$100/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities180$58.28/hr
Professional and Business Services50$59.80/hr
Education and Health Services660$56.67/hr
Public Administration10$53.19/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$50.62/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 10$64.52/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$66.73/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$50.81/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 20$46.27/hr-4.4%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$52.46/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$51.59/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$59.89/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$52.87/hr-2.6%
Southeast Balance of State 40$58.23/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 40$53.17/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 60$57.58/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 70$57.18/hr12.3%
Northwest Balance of State 80$57.82/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 80$51.11/hr13.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 640$58.48/hr20.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 680$57.73/hrN/A
Minnesota 900$57.41/hr15.7%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Podiatrists 170$80.32/hr11.6%
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other N/A>$100/hrN/A
Orthodontists N/AN/AN/A
Veterinarians 1,450$44.39/hr20.7%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 820$43.06/hrN/A
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons N/AN/AN/A


  • Examine eyes, using observation, instruments and pharmaceutical agents, to determine visual acuity and perception, focus and coordination and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities such as glaucoma or color blindness.
  • Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids.
  • Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan.
  • Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements and safety factors.
  • Consult with and refer patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is determined necessary.
  • Prescribe therapeutic procedures to correct or conserve vision.
  • Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.
  • Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements and safety factors.
  • Provide patients undergoing eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care.
  • Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.