Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician Salary

ophthalmic-laboratory-technician-salary-chart.jpgAn ophthalmic laboratory technician is tasked with grinding, cutting and polishing precision optical implements like eyeglasses and contact lenses. They also fit lenses into frames and maintain tools like lens polishers, center edgers, grinders and others. Twenty nine thousand, three hundred and eighty people worked as ophthalmic laboratory technicians as of May, 2012.

Salaries

The mean annual salary of an ophthalmic laboratory technician is $29,850. The lower 10 percentile make $18,860 per year, while the upper 10 percentile make $43,250. Most of these professionals work in stores that specialize in health and personal care. They also work in places that manufacture medical supplies and in the offices of physicians and other health professionals. Ophthalmic laboratory technicians work for wholesale merchants that sell professional and commercial supplies and machine manufacturing companies. The highest salaries for an ophthalmic laboratory technician are to be found in the executive branch of the federal government, which can pay an annual mean wage of $44,660. Other high paying spots are to be found in outpatient clinics, places of higher learning, machinery manufacturing and doctor’s offices.

Location

Most ophthalmic laboratory technicians work in Florida, with an employment population of 3,050. The mean annual salary there is $32,960. Florida is followed by Texas, which employs 3,010 ophthalmic laboratory technicians and pays them $24,150 per year; California, which employs 2,090 ophthalmic laboratory technician and pays $31,120 per year; New York, which has 2,030 ophthalmic laboratory technicians and pays them $28,040 per year and Georgia, with a workforce of 1,610. Georgia pays its ophthalmic laboratory technicians $26,560 per year.

Job Outlook

The job prospects for ophthalmic laboratory technicians are fair and expected to rise about 12% between now and 2016.

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $21,230 $29,840 $38,290 $29,950
Arizona $18,030 $25,500 $39,040 $27,780
Arkansas $17,800 $24,750 $37,320 $26,750
California $19,180 $30,080 $45,630 $31,120
Colorado $24,790 $32,560 $46,190 $33,650
Connecticut $23,640 $35,460 $56,410 $37,760
Florida $21,190 $32,310 $46,260 $32,960
Georgia $17,420 $25,680 $37,610 $26,560
Idaho $17,070 $27,490 $52,360 $31,820
Illinois $19,980 $26,900 $38,680 $28,570
Indiana $19,170 $26,840 $38,280 $28,030
Iowa $20,980 $28,110 $37,140 $29,180
Kansas $20,220 $25,760 $35,570 $26,580
Kentucky $19,150 $27,740 $37,970 $28,170
Louisiana $20,130 $25,810 $40,480 $29,430
Maine $18,730 $27,010 $38,360 $28,940
Maryland $19,940 $35,930 $50,870 $37,490
Massachusetts $24,460 $34,710 $54,740 $37,370
Michigan $24,860 $35,380 $51,140 $36,380
Minnesota $19,550 $27,900 $39,010 $28,870
Mississippi $20,190 $23,070 $35,790 $26,370
Missouri $18,050 $31,300 $50,800 $32,410
Montana $20,410 $26,570 $38,590 $27,950
Nebraska $19,490 $30,960 $44,620 $31,350
Nevada $19,620 $28,280 $37,090 $28,140
New Hampshire $21,270 $37,950 $47,690 $35,770
New Jersey $21,390 $31,260 $46,520 $32,590
New Mexico $19,520 $32,920 $44,320 $32,390
New York $18,200 $27,790 $37,940 $28,040
North Carolina $17,830 $26,190 $37,150 $26,760
North Dakota $19,640 $25,540 $36,920 $26,720
Ohio $17,460 $24,360 $37,400 $25,930
Oklahoma $16,540 $22,520 $33,970 $23,620
Oregon $21,280 $32,380 $42,700 $31,980
Pennsylvania $20,260 $28,850 $38,830 $29,410
Rhode Island $19,940 $26,920 $41,550 $28,130
South Carolina $21,040 $30,140 $45,060 $31,470
South Dakota $24,460 $28,420 $36,920 $29,300
Tennessee $17,830 $23,910 $34,920 $25,130
Texas $16,840 $22,660 $35,030 $24,150
Utah $18,650 $25,330 $35,450 $25,970
Virginia $18,570 $35,870 $46,810 $33,530
Washington $21,930 $29,900 $44,940 $32,690
West Virginia $17,260 $24,760 $37,690 $26,030
Wisconsin $18,650 $26,970 $37,250 $27,380