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Optical Laboratory Technician Salary

An average Optical Laboratory Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.75 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Most Optical Laboratory Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Optical Laboratory Technicians making up 58 percent of survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,785 - $55,624
(Median)
$18K
$38K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,211
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$8.89 - $16.87
(Median)
$8
$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
$17,785 - $55,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,447  
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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$18,806 - $37,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.89 - $16.87  
   
Overtime
$11.89 - $25.23  
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 - $2,447  
   
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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$18,806 - $37,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 330

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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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Salaries are easily beat at LensCrafters Inc., where median pay comes to just $24K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $20K and ending at $34K, range in salary is rather small.

Pay by Experience Level for Optical Laboratory Technician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $23K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $27K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Optical Laboratory Technicians make a median salary of $30K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $34K.

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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 32%