Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
28,570 4.3 % $16.45 $34,220 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.09 $12.08 $14.73 $18.68 $24.92
Annual Wage (2) $20,990 $25,130 $30,640 $38,850 $51,830


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)
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,590 0.82 $15.67 $32,590
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,110 2.65 $15.80 $32,870
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,810 0.46 $16.08 $33,450
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,690 0.43 $15.30 $31,830
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,270 2.54 $20.34 $42,300

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 8,110 2.65 $15.80 $32,870
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,270 2.54 $20.34 $42,300
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,590 0.82 $15.67 $32,590
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,810 0.46 $16.08 $33,450
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,690 0.43 $15.30 $31,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers (8) (8) $25.18 $52,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 70 (7) $23.14 $48,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $22.40 $46,600
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,270 2.54 $20.34 $42,300
Offices of Physicians 2,130 0.08 $18.98 $39,470


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)
New York 3,180 0.35 1.72 $17.41 $36,220
Florida 3,030 0.37 1.81 $14.09 $29,310
Texas 2,610 0.22 1.09 $14.89 $30,970
California 2,200 0.14 0.68 $17.29 $35,950
Illinois 1,960 0.33 1.63 $23.18 $48,200




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 1,520 0.54 2.66 $15.64 $32,540
Florida 3,030 0.37 1.81 $14.09 $29,310
Rhode Island 170 0.35 1.73 $16.33 $33,980
New York 3,180 0.35 1.72 $17.41 $36,220
Montana 150 0.33 1.65 $14.71 $30,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 280 0.18 0.90 $28.29 $58,850
Illinois 1,960 0.33 1.63 $23.18 $48,200
Connecticut 340 0.20 0.99 $22.61 $47,020
Colorado 700 0.28 1.36 $18.67 $38,830
Maryland 670 0.25 1.24 $18.31 $38,090





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 1,450 0.22 1.08 $18.15 $37,760
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.36 1.77 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.50 2.44 $15.99 $33,250
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 910 0.72 3.54 $13.58 $28,240
St. Cloud, MN 780 7.59 37.31 $15.12 $31,450
Rochester, NY 730 1.42 6.96 $16.19 $33,670
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 710 0.63 3.09 $12.85 $26,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 680 0.36 1.76 $16.29 $33,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 600 0.14 0.70 $16.48 $34,270
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 500 0.41 2.02 $17.84 $37,110




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 780 7.59 37.31 $15.12 $31,450
Rochester, NY 730 1.42 6.96 $16.19 $33,670
Peoria, IL 170 0.99 4.87 $20.28 $42,180
Boulder, CO 160 0.89 4.36 $20.83 $43,320
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 910 0.72 3.54 $13.58 $28,240
Syracuse, NY 190 0.64 3.13 $13.44 $27,960
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 710 0.63 3.09 $12.85 $26,730
Green Bay, WI 100 0.57 2.82 $14.95 $31,090
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 130 0.57 2.80 $14.81 $30,810
Jackson, MI 30 0.56 2.77 $14.59 $30,360




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)
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.77 $55,680
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 220 0.52 2.54 $25.42 $52,870
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.25 1.21 $23.20 $48,260
Boulder, CO 160 0.89 4.36 $20.83 $43,320
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $20.72 $43,100
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.66 $42,970
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $20.30 $42,220
Peoria, IL 170 0.99 4.87 $20.28 $42,180
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.11 $39,740
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.69 $38,870

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 50 0.47 2.33 (8) (8)
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 2.65 $16.02 $33,330
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.11 $13.18 $27,420

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)
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 2.65 $16.02 $33,330
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 2.33 (8) (8)
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.11 $13.18 $27,420

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.09 $39,720
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.54 $34,410
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 2.65 $16.02 $33,330
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.27 $31,760
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.11 $13.18 $27,420


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.

(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 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