Optical Laboratory Technician Salary

Average Optical Laboratory Technicians in the United States make around $11.84 per hour. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. For the most part, Optical Laboratory Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While nearly one-third 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 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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$8.96 - $16.71
(Median)
$9
$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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$19,035 - $37,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.96 - $16.71  
   
Overtime
$12.84 - $25.02  
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$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).
)
$19,035 - $37,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $23K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $27K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $34K.

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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

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
43%
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: 47% employee benefits None: 32%
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