Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
29,170 3.9 % $17.11 $35,590 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.50 $13.48 $16.46 $19.96 $23.54
Annual Wage (2) $23,910 $28,040 $34,240 $41,520 $48,960


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 21,140 0.89 $17.31 $36,000
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 4,750 0.66 $14.37 $29,880
Outpatient Care Centers 1,240 0.19 $20.54 $42,720
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 960 0.02 $20.73 $43,130
Health and Personal Care Stores 300 0.03 $13.54 $28,160

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 Physicians 21,140 0.89 $17.31 $36,000
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 4,750 0.66 $14.37 $29,880
Outpatient Care Centers 1,240 0.19 $20.54 $42,720
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 170 0.07 $19.54 $40,650
Health and Personal Care Stores 300 0.03 $13.54 $28,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.01 $22.94 $47,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 960 0.02 $20.73 $43,130
Outpatient Care Centers 1,240 0.19 $20.54 $42,720
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 170 0.01 $19.57 $40,700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 170 0.07 $19.54 $40,650


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 3,550 0.34 1.50 $16.25 $33,800
California 3,530 0.25 1.10 $18.47 $38,410
New York 1,970 0.23 1.03 $17.63 $36,680
North Carolina 1,650 0.43 1.91 $15.64 $32,530
Ohio 1,650 0.33 1.46 $16.98 $35,320




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)
Delaware 420 1.04 4.65 $17.90 $37,220
Mississippi 510 0.47 2.09 $15.49 $32,210
North Carolina 1,650 0.43 1.91 $15.64 $32,530
Massachusetts 1,340 0.42 1.87 $17.90 $37,240
Connecticut 640 0.39 1.75 $19.24 $40,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $22.87 $47,560
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $21.60 $44,920
Washington 730 0.26 1.18 $20.43 $42,490
New Jersey 720 0.19 0.85 $19.99 $41,570
Wisconsin 420 0.16 0.70 $19.83 $41,250





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 960 0.56 2.51 $18.00 $37,440
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 720 0.34 1.53 $17.80 $37,020
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 670 0.25 1.14 $17.05 $35,460
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 560 0.46 2.06 $15.65 $32,550
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 550 0.11 0.48 $21.84 $45,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.13 0.59 $17.35 $36,090
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 480 0.49 2.17 $16.53 $34,380
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 460 0.54 2.40 $16.17 $33,620
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 460 0.56 2.52 $16.24 $33,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 430 0.24 1.09 $18.35 $38,180




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)
Hattiesburg, MS 80 1.37 6.10 $15.02 $31,240
Dover, DE 70 1.12 5.02 $15.44 $32,100
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 310 0.96 4.31 $18.66 $38,820
Asheville, NC 160 0.95 4.24 $14.40 $29,950
New Haven, CT 250 0.92 4.11 $19.02 $39,550
Morgantown, WV 60 0.90 4.00 $18.86 $39,220
Spokane, WA 150 0.77 3.45 $16.54 $34,400
Stockton, CA 140 0.74 3.31 $15.21 $31,640
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 140 0.66 2.96 $17.80 $37,030
Jackson, MS 160 0.65 2.91 $14.22 $29,580




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-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 0.59 $25.67 $53,400
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $23.29 $48,440
Duluth, MN-WI 60 0.45 2.01 $22.95 $47,730
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 240 0.17 0.77 $22.70 $47,210
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.08 0.36 $22.38 $46,550
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.21 $22.04 $45,840
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.85 $45,450
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 550 0.11 0.48 $21.84 $45,420
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.47 $44,660
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.24 1.07 $21.45 $44,610

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)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 0.79 3.52 $13.56 $28,210
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.42 1.86 $14.37 $29,890
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 2.46 $16.73 $34,810
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.14 $20.42 $42,470
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 1.16 $14.52 $30,210

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)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 0.79 3.52 $13.56 $28,210
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 2.64 $17.20 $35,770
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 2.46 $16.73 $34,810
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 2.39 $12.18 $25,330
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.14 $20.42 $42,470

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)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 1.47 $22.28 $46,330
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.14 $20.42 $42,470
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.35 $38,170
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 2.64 $17.20 $35,770
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 2.46 $16.73 $34,810


About May 2012 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 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013