Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
28,760 3.7 % $14.64 $30,450 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.47 $11.19 $13.96 $17.32 $21.06
Annual Wage (2) $19,700 $23,270 $29,030 $36,020 $43,800


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 8,760 0.86 $14.11 $29,340
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,370 2.74 $13.79 $28,690
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,980 0.54 $14.54 $30,250
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,620 0.42 $13.98 $29,070
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,600 2.95 $16.97 $35,310

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 2,600 2.95 $16.97 $35,310
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,370 2.74 $13.79 $28,690
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,760 0.86 $14.11 $29,340
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,980 0.54 $14.54 $30,250
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,620 0.42 $13.98 $29,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) $23.60 $49,100
Outpatient Care Centers 100 0.01 $21.78 $45,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $21.37 $44,450
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2,600 2.95 $16.97 $35,310
Offices of Physicians 1,460 0.06 $16.65 $34,640


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 3,190 0.43 1.97 $15.26 $31,740
Texas 2,740 0.25 1.16 $12.01 $24,980
California 2,140 0.15 0.67 $15.51 $32,270
New York 1,670 0.19 0.89 $14.02 $29,150
Minnesota 1,390 0.52 2.38 $14.20 $29,540




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 1,390 0.52 2.38 $14.20 $29,540
Rhode Island 230 0.50 2.30 $14.08 $29,290
New Hampshire 290 0.47 2.17 $18.94 $39,400
Florida 3,190 0.43 1.97 $15.26 $31,740
Georgia 1,270 0.33 1.51 $13.08 $27,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 740 0.29 1.34 $19.21 $39,950
New Hampshire 290 0.47 2.17 $18.94 $39,400
Massachusetts 630 0.19 0.89 $18.44 $38,360
Virginia 750 0.21 0.95 $17.30 $35,990
Michigan 940 0.23 1.08 $17.17 $35,720





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 1,250 0.58 2.68 $12.31 $25,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,110 0.48 2.21 $13.10 $27,260
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.57 2.65 $16.98 $35,320
St. Cloud, MN 700 7.20 33.20 $13.03 $27,100
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 680 0.59 2.73 $16.25 $33,800
Rochester, NY 670 1.35 6.21 $13.57 $28,230
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 660 0.59 2.72 $17.68 $36,760
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 620 0.34 1.59 $15.42 $32,080
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 610 0.59 2.71 $15.35 $31,920
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 600 0.16 0.75 $14.98 $31,150




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 700 7.20 33.20 $13.03 $27,100
Rochester, NY 670 1.35 6.21 $13.57 $28,230
Portsmouth, NH-ME 60 0.99 4.56 $14.63 $30,430
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 190 0.89 4.10 $10.53 $21,900
Knoxville, TN 270 0.83 3.84 $14.49 $30,130
Pueblo, CO 40 0.75 3.44 $13.12 $27,290
Jacksonville, FL 380 0.65 3.01 $18.94 $39,390
Boulder, CO 100 0.62 2.85 $19.55 $40,660
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 660 0.59 2.72 $17.68 $36,760
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 680 0.59 2.73 $16.25 $33,800




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)
Boulder, CO 100 0.62 2.85 $19.55 $40,660
Flint, MI 30 0.24 1.11 $19.52 $40,610
Jacksonville, FL 380 0.65 3.01 $18.94 $39,390
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.28 $18.80 $39,110
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 180 0.32 1.49 $18.58 $38,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 600 0.25 1.17 $17.99 $37,410
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 660 0.59 2.72 $17.68 $36,760
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 40 0.21 0.99 $17.51 $36,420
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 520 0.36 1.64 $17.13 $35,630
Baton Rouge, LA 160 0.44 2.04 $17.12 $35,610

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 90 0.61 2.80 $13.15 $27,350
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 2.56 $12.51 $26,020
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 1.95 $13.12 $27,290
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.60 $14.19 $29,520

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 90 0.61 2.80 $13.15 $27,350
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 2.56 $12.51 $26,020
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 1.95 $13.12 $27,290
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.60 $14.19 $29,520

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 (8) (8) (8) $22.46 $46,720
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.04 $43,770
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.75 $34,850
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.60 $14.19 $29,520
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.71 $28,510


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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