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Optical Laboratory Technician Salary

Earnings for Optical Laboratory Technicians in the United States come in at around $11.63 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the particular city and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Although a majority have medical coverage and slightly less than one-half have dental coverage, approximately one-third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$17,579 - $48,671
(Median)
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35K
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MEDIAN: $34,838
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$8.81 - $17.15
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,579 - $48,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,409  
Commission
$1,250 - $2,023  
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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$18,699 - $38,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $17.15  
   
Overtime
$11.71 - $27.34  
National Annualized 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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,409  
   
Commission
$1,250 - $2,023  
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).
)
$18,699 - $38,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 319
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Optical Laboratory Technician


Pay for Optical Laboratory Technicians is the lowest at LensCrafters Inc., which has a median salary of $23K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $33K.

Pay by Experience Level for Optical Laboratory Technician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Optical Laboratory Technicians. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $27K. Optical Laboratory Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. Optical Laboratory Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $35K.

Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 32%