Average Optical Laboratory Technicians in the United States make around $12.58 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Though the majority of Optical Laboratory Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by nearly one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by around one in three. Men working as Optical Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,147 - $61,933
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$62K
MEDIAN: $29,661
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$9.34 - $18.24
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MEDIAN: $12.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,147 - $61,933  
   
Bonus
$110.00 - $2,402  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Commission
$2,300  
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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$19,977 - $41,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $18.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.68  
Overtime
$15.00 - $30.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$110.00 - $2,402  
   
Commission
$2,300  
Profit Sharing
$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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$19,977 - $41,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 244

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Optical Laboratory Technician


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While Optical Laboratory Technicians do not often become Optical Managers, the job pays $40K per year on average. A common career progression for an Optical Laboratory Technician is to become an Optical Laboratory Manager or an Optical Lab Manufacturing Technician. Compared to Optical Laboratory Technicians, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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With a median salary of only $23K, LensCrafters Inc. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $19K to $41K isn't that wide, either.

Pay by Experience Level for Optical Laboratory Technician

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


Optical Laboratory Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $25K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $28K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Optical Laboratory Technicians make a median salary of $30K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $37K on average.

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Key Stats for Optical Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
043
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

edging
up arrow 15%

Optical Fabrication
up arrow 8%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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