Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
27,990 3.8 % $15.85 $32,970 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.91 $11.78 $14.35 $18.07 $23.94
Annual Wage (2) $20,610 $24,500 $29,860 $37,590 $49,790


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 8,160 0.79 $15.50 $32,230
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 7,560 2.48 $15.21 $31,640
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 4,110 0.51 $15.57 $32,380
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,580 0.42 $14.49 $30,130
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,470 2.80 $17.93 $37,290

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,470 2.80 $17.93 $37,290
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 7,560 2.48 $15.21 $31,640
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,160 0.79 $15.50 $32,230
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 4,110 0.51 $15.57 $32,380
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,580 0.42 $14.49 $30,130

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) $24.89 $51,760
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 70 (7) $22.62 $47,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $21.87 $45,490
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $18.17 $37,790
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,470 2.80 $17.93 $37,290


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 2,810 0.35 1.75 $14.49 $30,140
New York 2,800 0.31 1.54 $16.88 $35,110
Texas 2,390 0.21 1.02 $14.35 $29,840
California 2,240 0.14 0.71 $15.92 $33,110
Illinois 1,760 0.30 1.48 $21.08 $43,840




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)
Minnesota 1,300 0.47 2.32 $15.27 $31,750
Rhode Island 200 0.43 2.10 $15.06 $31,320
Florida 2,810 0.35 1.75 $14.49 $30,140
Oregon 550 0.32 1.56 $15.24 $31,710
Louisiana 630 0.32 1.60 $15.21 $31,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 240 0.16 0.77 $26.41 $54,930
Illinois 1,760 0.30 1.48 $21.08 $43,840
Connecticut 460 0.28 1.37 $19.69 $40,950
Utah 220 0.17 0.81 $19.31 $40,170
Maryland 520 0.20 0.99 $18.86 $39,220





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.32 1.56 $23.41 $48,680
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.46 2.27 $15.29 $31,800
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.16 0.79 $17.55 $36,510
St. Cloud, MN 790 7.86 38.73 $14.64 $30,450
Rochester, NY 720 1.41 6.96 $15.53 $32,310
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 710 0.59 2.89 $14.25 $29,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 650 0.26 1.28 $16.26 $33,810
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 510 0.47 2.32 $13.00 $27,040
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 490 0.56 2.74 $14.33 $29,810
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 470 0.31 1.53 $14.75 $30,680




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 790 7.86 38.73 $14.64 $30,450
Rochester, NY 720 1.41 6.96 $15.53 $32,310
Alexandria, LA 70 1.19 5.88 $13.11 $27,270
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 220 0.85 4.19 $14.55 $30,250
Colorado Springs, CO 200 0.76 3.75 $16.33 $33,970
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 150 0.68 3.36 $14.65 $30,470
Jonesboro, AR 30 0.66 3.24 $11.31 $23,520
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 330 0.65 3.18 $12.61 $26,220
Syracuse, NY 180 0.61 3.00 $13.72 $28,530
Boulder, CO 100 0.60 2.94 $21.95 $45,650




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)
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 60 0.09 0.44 $25.50 $53,050
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.45 2.21 $24.58 $51,120
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.32 1.56 $23.41 $48,680
Boulder, CO 100 0.60 2.94 $21.95 $45,650
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $20.75 $43,160
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 300 0.53 2.60 $20.73 $43,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 400 0.17 0.82 $20.00 $41,590
New Haven, CT 60 0.20 1.00 $19.94 $41,470
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 190 0.14 0.71 $18.39 $38,260
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.34 $38,150


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016