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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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 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)
27,960 3.7 % $16.58 $34,490 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.75 $12.56 $15.30 $19.07 $24.13
Annual Wage (2) $22,360 $26,120 $31,830 $39,660 $50,200


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)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 9,560 3.07 $16.54 $34,400
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,500 0.80 $15.18 $31,580
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,650 0.40 $16.32 $33,940
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,010 0.30 $16.26 $33,810
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 1,650 1.81 $21.75 $45,230

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 9,560 3.07 $16.54 $34,400
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 1,650 1.81 $21.75 $45,230
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,500 0.80 $15.18 $31,580
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,650 0.40 $16.32 $33,940
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,010 0.30 $16.26 $33,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $23.34 $48,550
Outpatient Care Centers (8) (8) $22.51 $46,820
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 1,650 1.81 $21.75 $45,230
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 (7) $20.42 $42,460
Offices of Physicians 1,650 0.06 $18.71 $38,920


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 3,040 0.25 1.30 $14.93 $31,050
Florida 2,830 0.33 1.70 $15.62 $32,490
New York 2,760 0.29 1.52 $17.32 $36,040
California 2,230 0.13 0.68 $17.50 $36,400
Illinois 1,430 0.24 1.24 $18.68 $38,860




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)
Minnesota 1,280 0.45 2.32 $16.53 $34,370
Washington 1,400 0.43 2.22 $18.59 $38,660
Rhode Island 190 0.39 2.01 $17.65 $36,710
Florida 2,830 0.33 1.70 $15.62 $32,490
Utah 470 0.32 1.66 $13.74 $28,570




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 80 0.13 0.66 $21.99 $45,730
Maryland 720 0.27 1.39 $21.30 $44,310
Vermont (8) (8) (8) $20.57 $42,780
Colorado 500 0.19 0.99 $20.22 $42,060
Illinois 1,430 0.24 1.24 $18.68 $38,860





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 1,790 0.19 0.97 $17.88 $37,180
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,600 0.45 2.32 $15.46 $32,160
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,150 0.58 3.00 $18.58 $38,650
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,080 0.23 1.21 $19.91 $41,410
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 980 0.75 3.86 $16.44 $34,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 940 0.15 0.79 $17.92 $37,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 690 0.22 1.15 $21.09 $43,860
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 690 0.27 1.38 $14.60 $30,370
Rochester, NY 640 1.25 6.46 $17.17 $35,710
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 640 0.33 1.69 $17.78 $36,990




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)
St. Cloud, MN 580 5.54 28.68 $15.47 $32,170
Bloomington, IL 170 1.93 9.98 $12.04 $25,040
Rochester, NY 640 1.25 6.46 $17.17 $35,710
Syracuse, NY 240 0.80 4.13 $14.08 $29,290
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 980 0.75 3.86 $16.44 $34,190
Jacksonville, FL 460 0.67 3.47 $16.99 $35,340
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 90 0.62 3.19 $15.05 $31,300
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,150 0.58 3.00 $18.58 $38,650
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 550 0.55 2.82 $14.21 $29,550
Roanoke, VA 80 0.54 2.81 $13.98 $29,080




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)
Boulder, CO (8) (8) (8) $25.85 $53,770
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 90 0.27 1.41 $21.34 $44,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 690 0.22 1.15 $21.09 $43,860
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL (8) (8) (8) $20.88 $43,430
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 60 0.06 0.31 $20.63 $42,910
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $20.60 $42,850
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA (8) (8) (8) $20.12 $41,860
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,080 0.23 1.21 $19.91 $41,410
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.08 0.41 $19.56 $40,680
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 30 0.09 0.46 $19.44 $40,440

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 80 0.72 3.73 $26.47 $55,060
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.01 $13.50 $28,070

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 80 0.72 3.73 $26.47 $55,060
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.01 $13.50 $28,070

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 80 0.72 3.73 $26.47 $55,060
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.76 $32,770
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.15 $31,520
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.01 $13.50 $28,070


About May 2018 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019