Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
33,740 3.6 % $17.44 $36,280 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.60 $13.81 $16.80 $20.47 $24.23
Annual Wage (2) $24,120 $28,720 $34,940 $42,570 $50,390


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 23,150 0.96 $17.76 $36,940
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 6,560 0.88 $14.68 $30,530
Outpatient Care Centers 1,260 0.19 $21.08 $43,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,180 0.02 $21.52 $44,770
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 510 0.21 $18.96 $39,450

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 23,150 0.96 $17.76 $36,940
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 6,560 0.88 $14.68 $30,530
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 510 0.21 $18.96 $39,450
Outpatient Care Centers 1,260 0.19 $21.08 $43,850
Health and Personal Care Stores 360 0.04 $13.66 $28,410

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 80 0.01 $22.13 $46,030
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,180 0.02 $21.52 $44,770
Outpatient Care Centers 1,260 0.19 $21.08 $43,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 200 0.01 $20.12 $41,850
Employment Services 70 (7) $19.39 $40,340


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)
California 4,070 0.28 1.09 $18.96 $39,440
Texas 3,480 0.32 1.25 $16.70 $34,750
New York 2,150 0.25 0.98 $17.69 $36,790
Florida 2,040 0.27 1.07 $18.14 $37,720
North Carolina 1,720 0.44 1.71 $16.00 $33,290




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 370 0.89 3.50 $17.52 $36,440
Mississippi 580 0.54 2.11 $15.62 $32,480
Massachusetts 1,530 0.47 1.85 $18.35 $38,160
Maine 270 0.47 1.85 $17.88 $37,190
Oklahoma 720 0.46 1.82 $13.83 $28,770




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) $22.50 $46,800
Minnesota 530 0.20 0.78 $20.53 $42,690
Washington 800 0.28 1.11 $20.43 $42,500
Hawaii 140 0.24 0.94 $20.43 $42,500
New Jersey 770 0.20 0.79 $20.13 $41,880





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 950 0.54 2.14 $18.58 $38,650
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 770 0.36 1.41 $18.33 $38,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.19 0.73 $18.36 $38,190
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 710 0.58 2.26 $15.71 $32,670
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 690 0.13 0.51 $22.44 $46,670
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 610 0.22 0.88 $17.51 $36,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 570 0.25 0.96 $15.55 $32,340
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 500 0.28 1.10 $17.60 $36,600
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 480 0.33 1.31 $20.45 $42,530
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 440 0.45 1.75 $18.11 $37,670




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)
Hattiesburg, MS 80 1.47 5.76 $15.18 $31,570
Dover, DE 60 1.04 4.08 $15.76 $32,780
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 110 0.99 3.89 $16.08 $33,450
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 60 0.98 3.83 $19.67 $40,920
Eugene-Springfield, OR 140 0.98 3.85 $17.87 $37,170
Morgantown, WV 60 0.97 3.80 $17.19 $35,760
Jackson, MS 210 0.86 3.39 $14.63 $30,420
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 180 0.85 3.32 $17.91 $37,250
Asheville, NC 140 0.84 3.28 $14.87 $30,930
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 260 0.81 3.19 $18.09 $37,620




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 160 0.15 0.61 $25.59 $53,230
Duluth, MN-WI 70 0.55 2.18 $24.43 $50,810
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $22.50 $46,790
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 690 0.13 0.51 $22.44 $46,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.33 1.29 $21.95 $45,650
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.88 $45,500
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 120 0.11 0.45 $21.83 $45,410
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.24 0.96 $21.57 $44,880
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.28 $21.51 $44,740
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.04 $43,770

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 190 0.75 2.94 $14.53 $30,220
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.66 2.59 $11.70 $24,340
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.47 1.83 $20.60 $42,860
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.45 1.75 $15.53 $32,300
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.42 1.66 $14.68 $30,540

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 190 0.75 2.94 $14.53 $30,220
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.66 2.59 $11.70 $24,340
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 1.98 $17.03 $35,420
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 1.85 $14.45 $30,050
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.47 1.83 $20.60 $42,860

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 1.30 $23.47 $48,820
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.47 1.83 $20.60 $42,860
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.13 $39,780
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.69 $38,870
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.21 $37,870


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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