Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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. Include precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters. Exclude "Opticians, Dispensing" (29-2081).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
30,580 4.2 % $14.37 $29,880 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.89 $10.69 $13.57 $17.22 $21.04
Annual Wage (2) $18,500 $22,240 $28,220 $35,810 $43,770


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 9,920 $13.76 $28,620
Health and Personal Care Stores 7,800 $13.21 $27,480
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,600 $13.80 $28,710
Offices of Physicians 3,550 $17.14 $35,660
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,250 $12.92 $26,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 170 $19.68 $40,940
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 150 $19.40 $40,350
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 90 $19.36 $40,260
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 1,900 $18.51 $38,490
Offices of Physicians 3,550 $17.14 $35,660


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Arizona 1,160 $14.54 $30,250 0.466
Florida 3,120 $13.43 $27,930 0.425
Minnesota 950 $15.01 $31,210 0.360
New Mexico 260 $17.39 $36,180 0.326
Rhode Island 150 $13.68 $28,460 0.321

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Colorado (8) $19.85 $41,280 (8)
Massachusetts 460 $17.67 $36,750 0.146
New Mexico 260 $17.39 $36,180 0.326
Illinois 1,680 $17.30 $35,990 0.294
New York 2,310 $17.25 $35,890 0.273


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
St. Cloud, MN 150 $11.81 $24,560 1.588
Boulder, CO 150 $23.00 $47,840 0.977
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,070 $12.71 $26,440 0.949
Portsmouth, NH-ME 50 $15.41 $32,060 0.900
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 660 $11.65 $24,220 0.898

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Boulder, CO 150 $23.00 $47,840 0.977
Ann Arbor, MI 80 $20.56 $42,750 0.420
Spokane, WA 50 $20.21 $42,030 0.228
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY (8) $19.62 $40,810 (8)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 170 $19.14 $39,810 0.397


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010