Optical Laboratory Technician Salary

Optical Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home approximately $11.85 per hour on average. While geography and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. More than half of Optical Laboratory Technicians (60 percent) survey respondents are men. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one-half. The majority of Optical Laboratory Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$20,447 - $54,808
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$55K
MEDIAN: $34,838
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$8.93 - $16.69
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$20,447 - $54,808  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,383  
Commission
$1,500 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,971 - $37,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.93 - $16.69  
   
Overtime
$12.87 - $24.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,383  
   
Commission
$1,500 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,971 - $37,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344
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Job Description for Optical Laboratory Technician

An optical laboratory technician assists with optical lab operations to produce glasses. Some of their duties might include reviewing prescriptions and selecting the correct frames and lenses, stocking and organizing inventory of lenses and other accessories, entering prescription information into a database, logging shipment information, and keeping track of received orders and shipping them as necessary. When fulfilling the prescriptions, the optical laboratory technician needs to make sure that the orders to be shipped meet all quality standards, meaning lenses and frames must be thoroughly inspected. The optical laboratory technician ensures that orders are packaged adequately and fulfilled correctly. They may also need to surface and refinish glasses.

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Optical Laboratory Technician Tasks

  • Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements.
  • Based on training and role, set up and operate machine various aspects of cutting, grinding and/or polishing lens according to prescriptions.

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Pay by Experience Level for Optical Laboratory Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Optical Laboratory Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $23K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. Optical Laboratory Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $34K.

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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 32%
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