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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
Southwest Minnesota 13017$19.58/hr$14.89/hr$17.05/hr$18.67/hr$22.66/hr$23.92/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities600$23.21/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services1,260$22.59/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Rochester MN MSA N/A$23.35/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$19.09/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$18.65/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 50$18.91/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 70$19.09/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 80$18.46/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 90$19.09/hr4.2%
St Cloud MN MSA 90$18.92/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 90$18.68/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 110$18.67/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 130$18.67/hr6.9%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 160$18.64/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 160$18.88/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 180$18.88/hr5.0%
Central Minnesota 200$19.32/hr8.0%
Southeast Minnesota 350$23.35/hr3.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 900$23.42/hr7.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,020$23.42/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,870$22.61/hr6.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 5,780$25.24/hr3.6%
Pharmacy Technicians 7,430$20.30/hr1.7%
Tellers 5,800$18.84/hr-12.1%

  • Sell goods such as contact lenses, spectacles, sunglasses, and 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.