Optical Laboratory Technician Salary

Optical Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home an average $12.07 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Men make up a slight majority of Optical Laboratory Technicians (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by nearly one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,047 - $55,624
(Median)
$21K
$33K
$56K
MEDIAN: $33,095
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$9.00 - $17.20
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$21,047 - $55,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,066  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$18,993 - $38,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $17.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09  
Overtime
$12.94 - $24.78  
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 - $2,066  
   
Commission
$2,000  
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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$18,993 - $38,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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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.


Optical Laboratory Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $23K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $35K on average.

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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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