Occupational Employment Statistics


29-2081 Opticians, Dispensing

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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 17044$17.86/hr$12.73/hr$14.41/hr$17.61/hr$21.23/hr$24.00/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities820$17.93/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services1,130$18.80/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southwest Balance of State N/A$15.45/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 20$17.23/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$15.25/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 40$19.55/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 50$14.70/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 50$18.49/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 60$17.34/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 110$14.48/hr-8.1%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 110$16.77/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$17.14/hr-3.6%
Northwest Minnesota 130$18.96/hr6.6%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 140$17.85/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 160$15.13/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 170$17.61/hr2.0%
Northwest Balance of State 210$19.23/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 230$17.83/hr17.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,120$19.20/hr20.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,250$19.10/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,000$18.56/hr13.6%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 5,580$24.57/hr4.9%
Pharmacy Technicians 8,120$18.15/hr10.2%
Tellers 8,590$15.15/hr-6.7%

  • Sell goods such as contact lenses, spectacles, sunglasses, and other goods related to eyes in general.
  • Heat, shape, or bend plastic or metal frames to adjust eyeglasses to fit clients, using pliers and hands.
  • Recommend specific lenses, lens coatings, and frames to suit client needs.
  • Measure clients' bridge and eye size, temple length, vertex distance, pupillary distance, and optical centers of eyes, using measuring devices.
  • Instruct clients in how to wear and care for eyeglasses.
  • Assist clients in selecting frames according to style and color, and ensure that frames are coordinated with facial and eye measurements and optical prescriptions.
  • Maintain records of customer prescriptions, work orders, and payments.
  • Evaluate prescriptions in conjunction with clients' vocational and avocational visual requirements.
  • Determine clients' current lens prescriptions, when necessary, using lensometers or lens analyzers and clients' eyeglasses.
  • Verify that finished lenses are ground to specifications.