Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
27,610 3.5 % $14.95 $31,100 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.58 $11.26 $13.89 $17.41 $21.91
Annual Wage (2) $19,930 $23,410 $28,890 $36,210 $45,570


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)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,300 2.70 $14.17 $29,460
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,180 0.80 $14.72 $30,610
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,770 0.49 $14.88 $30,960
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,820 0.46 $13.69 $28,470
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,260 2.59 $16.98 $35,330

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 8,300 2.70 $14.17 $29,460
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,260 2.59 $16.98 $35,330
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,180 0.80 $14.72 $30,610
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,770 0.49 $14.88 $30,960
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,820 0.46 $13.69 $28,470

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) $23.27 $48,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $21.73 $45,200
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) $21.37 $44,450
Employment Services (8) (8) $17.59 $36,580
Offices of Physicians 1,470 0.06 $17.13 $35,620


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)
Florida 2,990 0.39 1.91 $14.44 $30,030
Texas 2,310 0.21 1.01 $12.93 $26,900
New York 2,080 0.24 1.16 $15.22 $31,650
California 1,740 0.12 0.56 $15.00 $31,190
Illinois 1,620 0.28 1.37 $18.66 $38,810



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)
Rhode Island 230 0.50 2.46 $14.43 $30,020
Minnesota 1,270 0.46 2.27 $14.06 $29,240
New Hampshire 280 0.45 2.22 $18.71 $38,910
Florida 2,990 0.39 1.91 $14.44 $30,030
Arkansas 380 0.33 1.62 $13.64 $28,380



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 700 0.27 1.34 $18.83 $39,170
New Hampshire 280 0.45 2.22 $18.71 $38,910
Illinois 1,620 0.28 1.37 $18.66 $38,810
Virginia 780 0.22 1.05 $17.38 $36,140
Massachusetts 640 0.19 0.94 $16.69 $34,700




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)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.49 2.40 $13.06 $27,170
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 970 0.41 1.99 $13.36 $27,780
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 760 0.64 3.14 $15.11 $31,440
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 700 0.61 2.97 $17.06 $35,490
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 0.12 0.57 $15.37 $31,970
St. Cloud, MN 620 6.16 30.16 $13.05 $27,150
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.30 1.48 $14.99 $31,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 540 0.36 1.79 $16.98 $35,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 500 0.21 1.02 $18.65 $38,780
Rochester, NY 480 0.97 4.74 $15.11 $31,420



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 620 6.16 30.16 $13.05 $27,150
Alexandria, LA 70 1.10 5.39 $13.03 $27,090
Rochester, NY 480 0.97 4.74 $15.11 $31,420
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 180 0.82 4.02 $10.37 $21,570
Knoxville, TN 220 0.68 3.31 $14.33 $29,810
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 760 0.64 3.14 $15.11 $31,440
Syracuse, NY 190 0.64 3.12 $13.27 $27,600
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 700 0.61 2.97 $17.06 $35,490
Yakima, WA 50 0.60 2.92 $14.10 $29,330
Jacksonville, FL 350 0.58 2.86 $17.43 $36,260



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 (8) (8) (8) $24.27 $50,480
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.06 0.28 $22.34 $46,480
Boulder, CO 70 0.42 2.06 $21.36 $44,440
Peoria, IL 50 0.26 1.27 $20.45 $42,530
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.66 $40,890
Cedar Rapids, IA (8) (8) (8) $19.10 $39,720
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.28 $19.05 $39,630
Baton Rouge, LA 140 0.36 1.74 $18.99 $39,500
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 300 0.54 2.62 $18.85 $39,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 500 0.21 1.02 $18.65 $38,780

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 2.43 $11.64 $24,210
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.72 $14.16 $29,450

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 2.43 $11.64 $24,210
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.72 $14.16 $29,450

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.53 $44,790
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.72 $14.16 $29,450
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.74 $26,500
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $11.67 $24,270
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 2.43 $11.64 $24,210


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