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Optical Laboratory Technician Salary (United States)

Earnings for Optical Laboratory Technicians in the United States typically come in at around $11.54 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Optical Laboratory Technicians are largely men, dominating the profession at 63 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Optical Laboratory Technicians. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Optical Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$20,218 - $56,000
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MEDIAN: $35,949
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Optical Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$8.69 - $17.02
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$20,218 - $56,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,056  
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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$18,487 - $38,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $17.02  
   
Overtime
$11.10 - $27.76  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,056  
   
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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$18,487 - $38,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $22K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $34K on average. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up a little less than one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise about a tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Columbus
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Dallas
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National Average
$25,000
Houston
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For those looking to make money, Optical Laboratory Technicians in Columbus enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Optical Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+19 percent). Trailing the national average by 1 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks.
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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$25,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 30%