Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
29,380 3.9 % $14.35 $29,850 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.07 $10.81 $13.74 $17.21 $20.79
Annual Wage (2) $18,860 $22,490 $28,590 $35,810 $43,250


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 9,040 0.90 $13.85 $28,810
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,410 2.73 $13.31 $27,680
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 4,180 0.58 $14.09 $29,300
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,610 0.42 $14.23 $29,590
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,220 2.47 $16.86 $35,070

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 8,410 2.73 $13.31 $27,680
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,220 2.47 $16.86 $35,070
Health and Personal Care Stores 9,040 0.90 $13.85 $28,810
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 4,180 0.58 $14.09 $29,300
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,610 0.42 $14.23 $29,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 90 (7) $21.47 $44,660
Outpatient Care Centers 90 0.01 $21.31 $44,330
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) $17.83 $37,080
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,220 2.47 $16.86 $35,070
Offices of Physicians 1,780 0.07 $16.74 $34,820


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 3,050 0.42 1.86 $15.85 $32,960
Texas 3,010 0.28 1.26 $11.61 $24,150
California 2,090 0.15 0.65 $14.96 $31,120
New York 2,030 0.24 1.06 $13.48 $28,040
Georgia 1,610 0.42 1.87 $12.77 $26,560




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 270 0.59 2.61 $13.53 $28,130
New Hampshire 270 0.44 1.95 $17.20 $35,770
Georgia 1,610 0.42 1.87 $12.77 $26,560
Florida 3,050 0.42 1.86 $15.85 $32,960
Minnesota 1,090 0.41 1.83 $13.88 $28,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 320 0.20 0.87 $18.15 $37,760
Maryland 710 0.28 1.25 $18.02 $37,490
Massachusetts 680 0.21 0.95 $17.97 $37,370
Michigan 860 0.22 0.97 $17.49 $36,380
New Hampshire 270 0.44 1.95 $17.20 $35,770





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,250 0.55 2.45 $12.68 $26,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.58 2.57 $12.52 $26,030
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.21 0.95 $14.93 $31,050
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.70 3.10 $15.57 $32,390
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 810 0.72 3.18 $16.50 $34,330
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 670 0.78 3.46 $9.22 $19,180
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 630 0.36 1.60 $15.06 $31,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 620 0.26 1.17 $18.10 $37,650
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 590 0.59 2.61 $15.24 $31,710
Rochester, NY 560 1.13 4.99 $12.82 $26,670




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 390 4.01 17.80 $11.75 $24,440
Pueblo, CO 90 1.61 7.15 $18.54 $38,570
Jonesboro, AR 70 1.37 6.07 $11.05 $22,990
Rochester, NY 560 1.13 4.99 $12.82 $26,670
Portsmouth, NH-ME 50 0.97 4.32 $14.13 $29,390
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 670 0.78 3.46 $9.22 $19,180
Boulder, CO 120 0.76 3.36 $16.31 $33,920
Altoona, PA 40 0.76 3.37 $13.54 $28,170
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 810 0.72 3.18 $16.50 $34,330
Jacksonville, FL 410 0.71 3.16 $19.18 $39,900




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) $33.61 $69,920
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 50 0.13 0.57 $26.15 $54,380
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 50 0.16 0.70 $19.30 $40,130
Jacksonville, FL 410 0.71 3.16 $19.18 $39,900
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 140 0.25 1.13 $18.77 $39,050
Pueblo, CO 90 1.61 7.15 $18.54 $38,570
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 530 0.50 2.20 $18.39 $38,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 620 0.26 1.17 $18.10 $37,650
New Haven, CT 60 0.21 0.92 $18.04 $37,530
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 240 0.14 0.63 $17.72 $36,850

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 1.56 $12.22 $25,420
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 2.08 $12.10 $25,160
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.05 $10.55 $21,950
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 1.06 4.69 $21.69 $45,120
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.10 $14.07 $29,260

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)
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 1.06 4.69 $21.69 $45,120
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 2.08 $12.10 $25,160
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 1.56 $12.22 $25,420
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.09 $11.00 $22,890
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.10 $14.07 $29,260

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)
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 1.06 4.69 $21.69 $45,120
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.22 $42,060
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.94 $31,060
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.56 $30,290
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.10 $14.07 $29,260


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.

(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 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

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