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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
58,600 3.1 % $18.64 $38,760 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.01 $14.39 $17.76 $22.27 $27.10
Annual Wage (2) $24,980 $29,940 $36,940 $46,320 $56,370


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 34,380 1.30 $19.13 $39,780
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 15,720 1.64 $16.22 $33,740
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,420 0.04 $23.48 $48,830
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,990 0.19 $14.79 $30,760
Outpatient Care Centers 1,820 0.19 $22.09 $45,960

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 15,720 1.64 $16.22 $33,740
Offices of Physicians 34,380 1.30 $19.13 $39,780
Outpatient Care Centers 1,820 0.19 $22.09 $45,960
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,990 0.19 $14.79 $30,760
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,420 0.04 $23.48 $48,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 240 0.01 $27.59 $57,380
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 740 0.02 $23.67 $49,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,420 0.04 $23.48 $48,830
Employment Services (8) (8) $22.95 $47,740
Outpatient Care Centers 1,820 0.19 $22.09 $45,960


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)
Texas 6,220 0.50 1.25 $16.09 $33,470
New York 4,270 0.45 1.12 $17.87 $37,170
Florida 4,050 0.46 1.15 $18.83 $39,160
California 3,760 0.22 0.54 $21.02 $43,730
North Carolina 2,590 0.58 1.45 $17.67 $36,740




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)
North Dakota 310 0.74 1.85 $19.23 $40,000
New Jersey 2,480 0.61 1.52 $22.07 $45,900
North Carolina 2,590 0.58 1.45 $17.67 $36,740
Montana 250 0.53 1.33 $17.41 $36,210
Hawaii 340 0.53 1.33 $18.23 $37,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 1,150 0.40 1.00 $25.05 $52,110
Massachusetts 1,810 0.50 1.25 $24.45 $50,850
District of Columbia 130 0.18 0.46 $24.29 $50,530
Alaska 80 0.24 0.61 $22.62 $47,050
New Jersey 2,480 0.61 1.52 $22.07 $45,900





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,000 0.52 1.30 $19.80 $41,190
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,910 0.52 1.31 $16.84 $35,040
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,830 0.39 0.98 $18.66 $38,810
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,540 0.55 1.38 $24.18 $50,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,390 0.46 1.14 $15.38 $31,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 970 0.31 0.77 $25.24 $52,500
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 930 0.32 0.81 $18.66 $38,820
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 920 0.74 1.85 $17.67 $36,760
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 790 0.40 1.01 $25.85 $53,770
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 770 0.58 1.45 $18.25 $37,960




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)
Medford, OR 190 2.24 5.62 $18.32 $38,100
Wichita Falls, TX 90 1.63 4.09 $16.38 $34,070
Tyler, TX 160 1.52 3.81 $17.66 $36,730
Wheeling, WV-OH 100 1.50 3.75 $16.00 $33,290
Bismarck, ND 100 1.43 3.57 $19.92 $41,440
Utica-Rome, NY 180 1.39 3.47 $16.42 $34,160
Abilene, TX 90 1.37 3.44 $15.68 $32,620
Ann Arbor, MI 300 1.36 3.41 $19.08 $39,690
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 310 1.30 3.26 $19.52 $40,610
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 50 1.26 3.15 $16.03 $33,340