Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

29-2057 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
39,160 3.3 % $17.64 $36,690 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.68 $13.95 $16.99 $20.66 $24.42
Annual Wage (2) $24,300 $29,010 $35,350 $42,980 $50,790


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 25,880 1.03 $18.04 $37,520
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 9,480 1.18 $15.31 $31,840
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,270 0.02 $22.81 $47,440
Outpatient Care Centers 970 0.13 $21.20 $44,090
Health and Personal Care Stores 450 0.04 $15.51 $32,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 9,480 1.18 $15.31 $31,840
Offices of Physicians 25,880 1.03 $18.04 $37,520
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 350 0.14 $20.10 $41,810
Outpatient Care Centers 970 0.13 $21.20 $44,090
Health and Personal Care Stores 450 0.04 $15.51 $32,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,270 0.02 $22.81 $47,440
Outpatient Care Centers 970 0.13 $21.20 $44,090
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 330 0.01 $21.11 $43,900
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $20.35 $42,330
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 350 0.14 $20.10 $41,810


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,120 0.27 0.94 $19.60 $40,760
Texas 3,560 0.31 1.08 $15.99 $33,270
Florida 3,400 0.43 1.51 $17.90 $37,230
North Carolina 2,140 0.52 1.82 $16.65 $34,630
New York 1,970 0.22 0.77 $18.52 $38,530



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 310 0.72 2.53 $18.85 $39,210
North Carolina 2,140 0.52 1.82 $16.65 $34,630
Oklahoma 810 0.51 1.79 $15.83 $32,930
Nebraska 470 0.50 1.75 $14.65 $30,460
Hawaii 310 0.50 1.76 $20.88 $43,430



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 830 0.30 1.05 $21.20 $44,110
Hawaii 310 0.50 1.76 $20.88 $43,430
North Dakota 100 0.23 0.81 $20.47 $42,570
Washington 940 0.31 1.10 $20.34 $42,300
Massachusetts 960 0.28 1.00 $20.17 $41,960




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 930 0.23 0.80 $21.13 $43,940
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 900 0.25 0.89 $18.13 $37,710
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 780 0.12 0.42 $20.25 $42,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 760 0.26 0.91 $16.89 $35,140
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 690 0.54 1.91 $18.62 $38,730
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 650 0.58 2.05 $16.59 $34,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 640 0.26 0.92 $13.62 $28,320
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 570 0.42 1.48 $17.22 $35,810
Kansas City, MO-KS 550 0.53 1.88 $17.43 $36,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 540 0.29 1.02 $22.31 $46,400



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wilmington, NC 250 2.02 7.11 $17.55 $36,500
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 150 1.59 5.61 $21.53 $44,780
Port St. Lucie, FL 210 1.59 5.59 $18.74 $38,980
Odessa, TX 110 1.42 5.02 $16.90 $35,150
Hattiesburg, MS 70 1.24 4.37 $14.62 $30,400
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 60 1.23 4.32 $17.48 $36,350
Fresno, CA 360 1.06 3.74 $17.67 $36,760
Salisbury, MD-DE 160 1.03 3.64 $15.10 $31,420
Rocky Mount, NC 50 0.97 3.42 $16.18 $33,660
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 260 0.95 3.35 $17.40 $36,190



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.19 0.67 $27.73 $57,680
Fargo, ND-MN (8) (8) (8) $26.90 $55,950
Janesville-Beloit, WI 40 0.70 2.48 $23.35 $48,570
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 330 0.19 0.66 $22.53 $46,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 540 0.29 1.02 $22.31 $46,400
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.31 1.08 $21.96 $45,680
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 440 0.29 1.02 $21.91 $45,570
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH (8) (8) (8) $21.84 $45,430
Ann Arbor, MI 90 0.41 1.46 $21.82 $45,380
Duluth, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $21.67 $45,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.59 2.08 $14.05 $29,230
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 1.97 $15.85 $32,960
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.40 1.40 $16.62 $34,570
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.40 1.42 $21.57 $44,870
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.52 1.82 $13.24 $27,540

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.82 2.88 $11.12 $23,130
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.59 2.08 $14.05 $29,230
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.59 2.07 $16.39 $34,080
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 1.97 $15.85 $32,960
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.52 1.82 $13.24 $27,540

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 1.05 $21.74 $45,220
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.40 1.42 $21.57 $44,870
West Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.39 $42,400
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 0.87 $20.23 $42,070
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.91 $41,410


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016