Optical Laboratory Technician Salary

Median pay for Optical Laboratory Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.87 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though geography and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While around one in three report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 60 percent of Optical Laboratory Technicians are male. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,447 - $54,808

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$8.94 - $16.88

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$20,447 - $54,808  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
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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$18,990 - $37,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.94 - $16.88  
   
Overtime
$12.87 - $24.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
   
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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$18,990 - $37,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 347
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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $23K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $27K. Optical Laboratory Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $30K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $35K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

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 60 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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