Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
48,060 3.0 % $18.03 $37,500 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.05 $14.18 $17.27 $21.19 $25.10
Annual Wage (2) $25,050 $29,490 $35,910 $44,070 $52,200


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)
Offices of Physicians 30,060 1.18 $18.54 $38,560
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 12,880 1.47 $15.91 $33,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,620 0.03 $22.68 $47,170
Outpatient Care Centers 1,250 0.14 $21.69 $45,120
Health and Personal Care Stores 930 0.09 $15.46 $32,170

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 12,880 1.47 $15.91 $33,090
Offices of Physicians 30,060 1.18 $18.54 $38,560
Outpatient Care Centers 1,250 0.14 $21.69 $45,120
Health and Personal Care Stores 930 0.09 $15.46 $32,170
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 160 0.06 $22.18 $46,140

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 1,620 0.03 $22.68 $47,170
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 400 0.01 $22.23 $46,230
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 160 0.06 $22.18 $46,140
Outpatient Care Centers 1,250 0.14 $21.69 $45,120
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $21.04 $43,770


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 5,230 0.44 1.31 $16.00 $33,280
Florida 3,290 0.39 1.16 $17.78 $36,980
California 3,280 0.20 0.58 $19.47 $40,510
New York 2,470 0.27 0.79 $18.97 $39,460
North Carolina 2,340 0.55 1.62 $16.92 $35,190




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)
Vermont 260 0.86 2.56 $20.32 $42,270
North Dakota 240 0.58 1.71 $18.47 $38,420
Connecticut 920 0.56 1.65 $21.15 $43,990
North Carolina 2,340 0.55 1.62 $16.92 $35,190
Washington 1,610 0.50 1.50 $21.07 $43,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 840 0.30 0.88 $23.45 $48,770
Connecticut 920 0.56 1.65 $21.15 $43,990
Washington 1,610 0.50 1.50 $21.07 $43,830
Vermont 260 0.86 2.56 $20.32 $42,270
Massachusetts 1,140 0.32 0.96 $20.25 $42,130



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.21 0.63 $20.22 $42,060
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.34 1.02 $18.06 $37,570
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.46 1.37 $16.20 $33,700
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 970 0.33 0.98 $15.42 $32,080
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 860 0.67 1.99 $18.18 $37,820
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 850 0.72 2.13 $16.65 $34,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 820 0.31 0.93 $17.69 $36,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 810 0.32 0.96 $25.91 $53,890
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 800 0.48 1.44 $22.45 $46,690
Kansas City, MO-KS 760 0.72 2.15 $17.08 $35,530


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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)
Wichita Falls, TX 110 1.91 5.67 $16.09 $33,470
Danbury, CT 130 1.59 4.73 $26.09 $54,260
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 80 1.57 4.66 $18.80 $39,110
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 190 1.54 4.57 $21.15 $43,980
Bismarck, ND 100 1.43 4.24 $19.36 $40,260
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 50 1.29 3.82 $14.20 $29,540
Fort Collins, CO 190 1.25 3.71 $15.68 $32,610
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 100 1.17 3.48 $20.16 $41,940
Hattiesburg, MS 70 1.14 3.38 $14.40 $29,950
Montgomery, AL 180 1.10 3.27 $19.54 $40,640


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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)
Danbury, CT 130 1.59 4.73 $26.09 $54,260
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.99 $54,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 810 0.32 0.96 $25.91 $53,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 490 0.25 0.75 $25.76 $53,580
Janesville-Beloit, WI 50 0.76 2.27 $25.00 $52,000
Duluth, MN-WI 60 0.49 1.46 $22.93 $47,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 800 0.48 1.44 $22.45 $46,690
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.44 $46,670
Portland-South Portland, ME (8) (8) (8) $22.39 $46,580
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.15 0.45 $22.02 $45,800

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 180 0.69 2.04 $16.68 $34,700
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.47 1.40 $14.98 $31,170
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.83 2.45 $12.75 $26,510
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 1.81 $15.60 $32,440
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.51 1.52 $17.09 $35,540

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)
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.83 2.45 $12.75 $26,510
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 0.69 2.04 $16.68 $34,700
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.66 1.95 $17.03 $35,430
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 1.90 $19.25 $40,040
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 1.81 $15.60 $32,440

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.78 $21.65 $45,020
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 1.90 $19.25 $40,040
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.21 $39,970
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.82 $39,150
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.19 $37,820


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018