Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
52,890 3.0 % $18.38 $38,220 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.91 $14.20 $17.56 $21.89 $26.36
Annual Wage (2) $24,770 $29,530 $36,530 $45,530 $54,830


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 32,100 1.24 $18.85 $39,220
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 14,590 1.60 $16.03 $33,340
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,040 0.04 $23.11 $48,080
Outpatient Care Centers 1,730 0.19 $21.66 $45,050
Health and Personal Care Stores 760 0.07 $14.76 $30,700

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 14,590 1.60 $16.03 $33,340
Offices of Physicians 32,100 1.24 $18.85 $39,220
Outpatient Care Centers 1,730 0.19 $21.66 $45,050
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 190 0.07 $25.48 $53,010
Health and Personal Care Stores 760 0.07 $14.76 $30,700

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 210 0.01 $27.22 $56,620
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 190 0.07 $25.48 $53,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 580 0.02 $23.59 $49,060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,040 0.04 $23.11 $48,080
Scientific Research and Development Services 130 0.02 $22.88 $47,580


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 5,610 0.46 1.27 $16.00 $33,290
Florida 3,400 0.39 1.08 $17.67 $36,750
California 3,010 0.18 0.48 $20.14 $41,890
North Carolina 2,550 0.58 1.59 $17.32 $36,030
Ohio 2,210 0.41 1.12 $18.07 $37,590




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 280 0.66 1.82 $18.04 $37,520
Vermont 180 0.58 1.60 $20.49 $42,610
North Carolina 2,550 0.58 1.59 $17.32 $36,030
New Mexico 460 0.56 1.54 $17.45 $36,290
Washington 1,700 0.52 1.43 $21.18 $44,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 1,090 0.38 1.04 $24.38 $50,700
District of Columbia 60 0.08 0.23 $24.18 $50,290
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $23.22 $48,300
Alaska 80 0.26 0.72 $22.49 $46,770
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $21.84 $45,420





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,690 0.36 1.00 $18.48 $38,430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,570 0.44 1.20 $16.33 $33,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,330 0.43 1.16 $22.73 $47,270
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,030 0.79 2.15 $18.22 $37,900
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,010 0.36 0.97 $18.67 $38,830
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 980 0.49 1.35 $18.77 $39,040
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 930 0.47 1.29 $22.28 $46,340
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 850 0.70 1.90 $17.02 $35,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 830 0.31 0.85 $18.24 $37,950
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 710 0.27 0.75 $17.55 $36,510




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 100 1.75 4.78 $16.02 $33,320
Sherman-Denison, TX 70 1.64 4.49 $17.88 $37,190
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 50 1.44 3.95 $16.20 $33,690
Medford, OR 120 1.42 3.88 $18.40 $38,270
Danbury, CT 110 1.36 3.73 $23.78 $49,460
Muskegon, MI 80 1.33 3.64 $15.54 $32,320
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 310 1.31 3.57 $19.36 $40,270
Bismarck, ND 90 1.31 3.60 $19.80 $41,180
Boulder, CO 210 1.13 3.10 $21.81 $45,370
Amarillo, TX 130 1.13 3.09 $18.82 $39,150




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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 700 0.36 0.97 $25.48 $53,000
Duluth, MN-WI 60 0.46 1.27 $25.25 $52,520
Portland-South Portland, ME 50 0.23 0.63 $24.92 $51,830
New Bedford, MA (8) (8) (8) $24.81 $51,600
Tucson, AZ (8) (8) (8) $24.03 $49,980
Danbury, CT 110 1.36 3.73 $23.78 $49,460
St. Cloud, MN (8) (8) (8) $23.76 $49,420
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $23.40 $48,670
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (8) (8) (8) $23.37 $48,600
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $23.36 $48,580

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.90 2.47 $21.15 $43,990
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.63 1.72 $17.42 $36,230
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.61 1.67 $14.77 $30,710
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.60 1.63 $19.14 $39,810
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.45 1.23 $16.37 $34,050

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.90 2.47 $21.15 $43,990
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.65 1.79 $16.63 $34,590
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.63 1.72 $17.42 $36,230
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.61 1.67 $14.77 $30,710
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.60 1.63 $19.14 $39,810

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 (8) (8) (8) $22.46 $46,710
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.90 2.47 $21.15 $43,990
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 1.40 $20.54 $42,710
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.58 $40,730
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 1.41 $19.30 $40,140


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.

(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