Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
27,880 4.3 % $14.24 $29,610 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.88 $10.62 $13.45 $16.97 $20.78
Annual Wage (2) $18,480 $22,090 $27,970 $35,310 $43,220


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 8,200 0.83 $13.26 $27,570
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 7,740 2.55 $13.66 $28,420
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,790 0.57 $13.94 $29,000
Offices of Physicians 2,960 0.13 $16.54 $34,390
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,860 0.31 $12.85 $26,720

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 7,740 2.55 $13.66 $28,420
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 1,720 1.86 $18.43 $38,330
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,200 0.83 $13.26 $27,570
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,790 0.57 $13.94 $29,000
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,860 0.31 $12.85 $26,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 110 (7) $20.68 $43,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 100 0.01 $20.09 $41,780
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 70 (7) $19.71 $41,000
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 70 0.08 $19.35 $40,240
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 1,720 1.86 $18.43 $38,330


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 3,160 0.45 2.03 $14.18 $29,490
Texas 2,520 0.25 1.14 $12.05 $25,050
New York 1,980 0.24 1.09 $15.47 $32,170
California 1,520 0.11 0.50 $13.36 $27,790
Georgia 1,440 0.38 1.75 $12.98 $27,000




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 300 0.68 3.09 $13.56 $28,210
Florida 3,160 0.45 2.03 $14.18 $29,490
Colorado 870 0.41 1.85 $19.94 $41,470
Georgia 1,440 0.38 1.75 $12.98 $27,000
Minnesota 910 0.36 1.63 $14.84 $30,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 870 0.41 1.85 $19.94 $41,470
Connecticut 290 0.18 0.83 $17.24 $35,860
New Mexico 210 0.28 1.26 $16.78 $34,900
Wisconsin 480 0.18 0.83 $16.71 $34,760
Michigan 510 0.14 0.62 $16.70 $34,740

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)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,080 0.99 4.53 $13.19 $27,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,020 0.46 2.11 $12.91 $26,860
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 990 0.20 0.91 $15.56 $32,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 810 0.41 1.85 $11.64 $24,210
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 720 0.21 0.93 $16.23 $33,750
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 640 0.38 1.75 $15.63 $32,520
Denver-Aurora, CO 610 0.52 2.35 $19.46 $40,480
San Antonio, TX 540 0.65 2.95 $10.74 $22,340
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 530 0.31 1.43 $15.50 $32,240
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 500 0.52 2.38 $13.74 $28,580




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 170 1.84 8.41 $12.12 $25,220
Portsmouth, NH-ME 70 1.27 5.78 $15.25 $31,720
Altoona, PA 60 1.12 5.11 $13.44 $27,950
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,080 0.99 4.53 $13.19 $27,430
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 60 0.94 4.27 $12.62 $26,240
Elizabethtown, KY 40 0.84 3.82 $11.54 $24,010
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 60 0.80 3.66 $12.59 $26,190
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 370 0.70 3.19 $13.88 $28,870
Green Bay, WI 110 0.68 3.08 $15.62 $32,500
Pascagoula, MS 40 0.67 3.03 $12.41 $25,810




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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $27.45 $57,100
Boulder, CO 100 0.63 2.85 $22.04 $45,840
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 90 0.21 0.98 $20.26 $42,150
Grand Junction, CO 30 0.54 2.47 $19.63 $40,820
Denver-Aurora, CO 610 0.52 2.35 $19.46 $40,480
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY (8) (8) (8) $19.08 $39,680
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 180 0.44 1.98 $18.57 $38,630
Jacksonville, FL 340 0.60 2.74 $18.54 $38,560
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 180 0.23 1.07 $18.46 $38,410
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 320 0.24 1.09 $18.30 $38,070

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)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.51 2.33 $12.66 $26,340
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 1.22 $12.01 $24,980
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.55 $10.44 $21,720
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.29 $12.59 $26,190
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.01 $17.71 $36,830

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)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.51 2.33 $12.66 $26,340
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.40 1.81 $9.42 $19,590
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.55 $10.44 $21,720
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.29 $12.59 $26,190
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 1.22 $12.01 $24,980

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 Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.01 $17.71 $36,830
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.98 $29,070
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.81 $28,720
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.44 $27,960
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.39 $27,850


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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