Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
43,990 3.2 % $17.81 $37,040 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.93 $14.02 $17.08 $20.87 $24.68
Annual Wage (2) $24,810 $29,170 $35,530 $43,400 $51,330


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 29,250 1.16 $18.22 $37,890
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 10,760 1.28 $15.61 $32,470
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,400 0.03 $22.70 $47,220
Outpatient Care Centers 880 0.11 $23.02 $47,880
Health and Personal Care Stores 570 0.05 $15.34 $31,920

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 10,760 1.28 $15.61 $32,470
Offices of Physicians 29,250 1.16 $18.22 $37,890
Outpatient Care Centers 880 0.11 $23.02 $47,880
Health and Personal Care Stores 570 0.05 $15.34 $31,920
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $22.87 $47,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 880 0.11 $23.02 $47,880
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $22.87 $47,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,400 0.03 $22.70 $47,220
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 340 0.01 $21.27 $44,250
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $20.86 $43,380


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 4,210 0.36 1.14 $16.35 $34,010
California 3,540 0.22 0.71 $19.58 $40,730
Florida 3,290 0.40 1.28 $17.50 $36,400
North Carolina 2,460 0.58 1.86 $16.61 $34,550
Illinois 2,000 0.34 1.08 $17.63 $36,670




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 210 0.70 2.23 $20.34 $42,310
North Carolina 2,460 0.58 1.86 $16.61 $34,550
Kansas 760 0.55 1.76 $15.59 $32,420
Delaware 230 0.53 1.69 $19.50 $40,560
Missouri 1,400 0.51 1.62 $16.24 $33,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 910 0.32 1.03 $21.63 $44,990
Hawaii 260 0.41 1.32 $21.13 $43,950
Washington 1,330 0.43 1.38 $21.04 $43,760
Connecticut 840 0.50 1.61 $20.90 $43,470
Wisconsin 720 0.26 0.82 $20.56 $42,760





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-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.39 1.24 $18.22 $37,900
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,060 1.02 3.26 $17.26 $35,900
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 980 0.15 0.48 $19.87 $41,320
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 890 0.30 0.97 $16.97 $35,290
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 860 0.74 2.37 $16.82 $34,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 840 0.20 0.63 $20.06 $41,730
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 690 0.27 0.86 $15.01 $31,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 620 0.39 1.24 $22.76 $47,330
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 610 0.32 1.01 $17.32 $36,030
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 610 0.32 1.01 $23.25 $48,370




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)
Wilmington, NC 260 2.11 6.72 $17.95 $37,340
Salisbury, MD-DE 250 1.62 5.18 $14.92 $31,020
Grand Forks, ND-MN 80 1.55 4.95 $17.72 $36,850
Victoria, TX 60 1.51 4.83 $13.24 $27,550
Danbury, CT 110 1.37 4.37 $27.21 $56,600
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 80 1.36 4.33 $15.54 $32,330
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 60 1.29 4.10 $14.08 $29,280
New Bedford, MA 80 1.28 4.07 $16.37 $34,050
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 160 1.28 4.07 $20.89 $43,450
Amarillo, TX 140 1.23 3.93 $16.62 $34,570




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.21 0.68 $27.62 $57,460
Fargo, ND-MN 30 0.22 0.71 $27.54 $57,280
Danbury, CT 110 1.37 4.37 $27.21 $56,600
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $23.74 $49,390
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 610 0.32 1.01 $23.25 $48,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 620 0.39 1.24 $22.76 $47,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 550 0.22 0.71 $21.83 $45,410
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.16 0.52 $21.79 $45,320
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.78 $45,300
Urban Honolulu, HI 220 0.48 1.54 $21.60 $44,940

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.83 2.66 $15.53 $32,310
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.50 1.60 $14.35 $29,840
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.83 2.65 $15.99 $33,270
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.32 1.02 $15.53 $32,300
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 1.02 $15.12 $31,450

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 Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.83 2.65 $15.99 $33,270
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.83 2.66 $15.53 $32,310
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 1.64 $16.66 $34,650
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.50 1.60 $14.35 $29,840
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 1.41 $19.08 $39,680

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 1.09 $19.72 $41,010
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.62 $40,800
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.37 $40,300
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 0.81 $19.29 $40,110
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 1.41 $19.08 $39,680


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017