Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
36,470 3.6 % $17.56 $36,520 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.71 $13.93 $16.94 $20.59 $24.30
Annual Wage (2) $24,350 $28,980 $35,230 $42,820 $50,540


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 25,050 1.02 $17.90 $37,220
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 7,500 0.97 $14.97 $31,130
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,300 0.02 $22.59 $46,990
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.15 $20.67 $42,990
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 480 0.19 $19.03 $39,580

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 25,050 1.02 $17.90 $37,220
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 7,500 0.97 $14.97 $31,130
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 480 0.19 $19.03 $39,580
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.15 $20.67 $42,990
Health and Personal Care Stores 370 0.04 $13.82 $28,740

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 60 0.01 $23.37 $48,610
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,300 0.02 $22.59 $46,990
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 (7) $20.77 $43,200
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.15 $20.67 $42,990
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $20.61 $42,870


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 3,860 0.34 1.27 $16.49 $34,310
California 3,680 0.24 0.90 $19.63 $40,820
Florida 2,990 0.39 1.44 $17.70 $36,810
New York 2,090 0.24 0.88 $17.47 $36,330
North Carolina 1,860 0.46 1.71 $16.40 $34,110



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 270 0.63 2.34 $17.88 $37,190
Montana 270 0.61 2.25 $18.80 $39,090
Oklahoma 910 0.58 2.13 $14.89 $30,960
Hawaii 300 0.50 1.84 $20.46 $42,560
North Carolina 1,860 0.46 1.71 $16.40 $34,110



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) $23.02 $47,870
Hawaii 300 0.50 1.84 $20.46 $42,560
Minnesota 700 0.26 0.96 $20.22 $42,050
Washington 1,060 0.36 1.35 $20.06 $41,720
Massachusetts 1,230 0.37 1.37 $19.80 $41,180




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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 940 0.33 1.22 $16.53 $34,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.21 0.76 $21.84 $45,430
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 830 0.66 2.44 $17.15 $35,660
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 790 0.44 1.63 $20.33 $42,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 670 0.28 1.04 $14.90 $30,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 670 0.30 1.11 $18.59 $38,660
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 580 0.44 1.63 $17.50 $36,410
Oklahoma City, OK 490 0.82 3.03 $15.90 $33,070
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 480 0.13 0.47 $19.46 $40,470
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 480 0.32 1.19 $21.13 $43,940



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)
Salisbury, MD 150 2.98 11.04 $14.22 $29,580
New Bedford, MA 100 1.45 5.39 $15.79 $32,850
Hattiesburg, MS 80 1.34 4.95 $15.76 $32,770
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 340 1.32 4.91 $17.36 $36,100
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 110 0.98 3.63 $16.12 $33,530
Asheville, NC 170 0.97 3.60 $15.11 $31,420
Springfield, IL 100 0.93 3.43 $14.20 $29,540
Morgantown, WV 60 0.93 3.45 $17.73 $36,870
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 80 0.93 3.46 $19.71 $41,000
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 140 0.89 3.29 $16.81 $34,960



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)
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 70 0.72 2.66 $24.89 $51,770
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.87 $49,650
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.19 0.71 $23.58 $49,040
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $23.08 $48,000
Duluth, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $22.90 $47,630
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.10 0.36 $22.47 $46,730
Richmond, VA 80 0.13 0.47 $22.21 $46,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.21 0.76 $21.84 $45,430
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.45 $44,620
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 400 0.30 1.11 $21.33 $44,360

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 240 0.92 3.42 $14.64 $30,460
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 2.00 7.40 $19.31 $40,160
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.88 3.28 $12.45 $25,900
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.38 1.40 $14.42 $29,990
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 1.79 $15.48 $32,190

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 2.00 7.40 $19.31 $40,160
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 60 0.97 3.59 $15.67 $32,580
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 0.92 3.42 $14.64 $30,460
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.88 3.28 $12.45 $25,900
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.83 3.09 $17.44 $36,280

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.99 $51,980
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.51 $44,730
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 2.00 7.40 $19.31 $40,160
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.04 $39,600
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.96 $39,440


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015