Optical Laboratory Technician Salary (United States)

Optical Laboratory Technicians in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $11.54 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.69 per hour on the low end to $17.02 on the higher side. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field—around one third—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by 44 percent. Most Optical Laboratory Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Optical Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$20,218 - $56,000
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MEDIAN: $35,949
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Optical Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$8.69 - $17.02
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$20,218 - $56,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,056  
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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$18,487 - $38,555  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $17.02  
   
Overtime
$11.10 - $27.76  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$0.00 - $2,056  
   
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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$18,487 - $38,555  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $22K to $28K. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $31K. Even after two decades, Optical Laboratory Technicians continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $34K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Columbus
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Dallas
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National Average
$25,000
Houston
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Optical Laboratory Technicians, Columbus provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. Optical Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+19 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 1 percent below the national average.

Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$25,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 30%
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