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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-9083 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other precision optical elements. Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements. Includes precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters. Excludes "Opticians, Dispensing " (29-2081).


National estimates for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
Industry profile for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
Geographic profile for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

National estimates for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
26,140 4.4 % $ 17.62 $ 36,640 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.60 $ 13.60 $ 16.56 $ 20.10 $ 24.82
Annual Wage (2) $ 24,120 $ 28,290 $ 34,440 $ 41,810 $ 51,630


Industry profile for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,660 2.78 $ 17.36 $ 36,110
Health and Personal Care Stores 6,100 0.63 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 4,060 0.45 $ 16.69 $ 34,720
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,420 0.36 $ 16.57 $ 34,470
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,190 2.50 $ 21.16 $ 44,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,660 2.78 $ 17.36 $ 36,110
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,190 2.50 $ 21.16 $ 44,020
Health and Personal Care Stores 6,100 0.63 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 4,060 0.45 $ 16.69 $ 34,720
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,420 0.36 $ 16.57 $ 34,470

Top paying industries for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 250 0.03 $ 24.99 $ 51,980
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 110 0.01 $ 24.05 $ 50,030
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,190 2.50 $ 21.16 $ 44,020
Offices of Physicians 1,840 0.07 $ 19.41 $ 40,370
Employment Services 140 (7) $ 17.61 $ 36,620


Geographic profile for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

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





States with the highest employment level in Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,030 0.25 1.33 $ 15.66 $ 32,580
California 2,830 0.17 0.92 $ 19.12 $ 39,760
New York 2,610 0.30 1.60 $ 18.27 $ 38,010
Florida 2,370 0.28 1.49 $ 16.48 $ 34,280
Ohio 1,620 0.32 1.68 $ 21.38 $ 44,460




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 170 0.38 2.03 $ 17.38 $ 36,150
Missouri 890 0.33 1.75 $ 16.56 $ 34,440
Ohio 1,620 0.32 1.68 $ 21.38 $ 44,460
New York 2,610 0.30 1.60 $ 18.27 $ 38,010
Washington 920 0.29 1.54 $ 19.72 $ 41,010




Top paying states for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 100 0.17 0.90 $ 24.50 $ 50,950
Maryland 320 0.12 0.66 $ 23.08 $ 48,010
Connecticut 280 0.18 0.97 $ 21.60 $ 44,930
Ohio 1,620 0.32 1.68 $ 21.38 $ 44,460
Arizona 310 0.11 0.59 $ 20.94 $ 43,550





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,650 0.19 0.99 $ 18.13 $ 37,700
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,580 0.44 2.34 $ 16.59 $ 34,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,270 0.22 1.17 $ 19.18 $ 39,890
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 790 0.41 2.16 $ 19.87 $ 41,330
Rochester, NY 740 1.56 8.31 $ 19.37 $ 40,280
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 620 0.25 1.33 $ 15.73 $ 32,710
St. Louis, MO-IL 590 0.46 2.42 $ 15.73 $ 32,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 560 0.21 1.14 $ 14.71 $ 30,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 560 0.13 0.68 $ 17.40 $ 36,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 560 0.19 1.00 $ 15.31 $ 31,850




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Cloud, MN 360 3.65 19.42 $ 15.54 $ 32,330
Rochester, NY 740 1.56 8.31 $ 19.37 $ 40,280
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 110 0.78 4.14 $ 14.48 $ 30,120
Jacksonville, FL 500 0.73 3.86 $ 16.71 $ 34,750
Syracuse, NY 160 0.58 3.11 $ 15.75 $ 32,770
Flint, MI 60 0.48 2.55 $ 17.19 $ 35,760
St. Louis, MO-IL 590 0.46 2.42 $ 15.73 $ 32,720
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 440 0.45 2.40 $ 16.01 $ 33,290
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,580 0.44 2.34 $ 16.59 $ 34,510
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 790 0.41 2.16 $ 19.87 $ 41,330




Top paying metropolitan areas for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cleveland-Elyria, OH (8) (8) (8) $ 25.02 $ 52,050
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 150 0.06 0.35 $ 23.05 $ 47,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 390 0.13 0.69 $ 22.89 $ 47,610
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.16 0.86 $ 22.67 $ 47,140
Madison, WI 50 0.13 0.69 $ 21.96 $ 45,670
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 240 0.09 0.49 $ 21.39 $ 44,490
Raleigh, NC (8) (8) (8) $ 21.13 $ 43,960
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 21.05 $ 43,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 350 0.19 1.02 $ 20.94 $ 43,550
Huntsville, AL 30 0.14 0.76 $ 20.80 $ 43,270

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 2.68 $ 14.89 $ 30,980
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 1.12 $ 14.28 $ 29,710

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 2.68 $ 14.89 $ 30,980
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 1.12 $ 14.28 $ 29,710

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 2.68 $ 14.89 $ 30,980
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 1.12 $ 14.28 $ 29,710
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 12.87 $ 26,770
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 11.54 $ 24,000


About May 2020 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021