Optical Laboratory Technician Salary

Median pay for Optical Laboratory Technicians in the United States is around $12.89 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the specific company. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, around half do receive medical benefits and just under one in three have dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Optical Laboratory Technicians making up 52 percent of survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,693 - $56,618
$23K
$30K
$57K
MEDIAN: $29,760
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$9.74 - $18.18
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MEDIAN: $13.05
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$0$56K
Salary $22,693 - $56,618
Bonus $110.00 - $3,120
Profit Sharing $1,001
Commission $1,975
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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$20,631 - $39,818
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 30
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $9.74 - $18.18
Hourly Tips $0.68
Overtime $13.16 - $33.34
Annual Data $0$39K
Bonus $110.00 - $3,120
Commission $1,975
Profit Sharing $1,001
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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$20,631 - $39,818
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 235

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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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Though some Optical Laboratory Technicians move into positions like Optical Manager (where the average salary is $40K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $10K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

Optical Laboratory Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Optical Laboratory Technician


Offering only $25K on average, LensCrafters Inc. seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $18K on the lower end and $45K on the higher end.

Pay by Experience Level for Optical Laboratory Technician

Pay by Experience for an Optical Laboratory Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Optical Laboratory Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 160 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optical Laboratory Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 54 salaries. An experienced Optical Laboratory Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 43 salaries. An Optical Laboratory Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 36 salaries.

Optical Laboratory Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Optical Laboratory Technician?

Optical Laboratory Technician in Cincinnati:
"Scheduling is not good."
Pros: Learning optics and coworkers.
Cons: Scheduling (understaffed) and low pay.

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Key Stats for Optical Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲33%

Experienced
▲9%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Skills That Affect Optical Laboratory Technician Salaries

edging
▲10%

Optical Fabrication
▲4%

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 38%
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