How Much Do Ophthalmic Lab Technicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other precision optical elements. Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements. Includes precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$36640 per year
Hourly wage
$18 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$24,120 to $28,290 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $14 per hour

Entry-level Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $24,120 to $28,290 per year or $12 to $14 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $25 $51,630
Senior (Top 25%) $20 $41,810
Middle (Mid 50%) $17 $34,440
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $28,290
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $24,120

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NH $25 $50,950
MD $23 $48,010
CT $22 $44,930
OH $21 $44,460
AZ $21 $43,550
WA $20 $41,010
OR $20 $40,800
VT $19 $40,070
CA $19 $39,760
NJ $18 $38,380

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NH doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NH might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Ophthalmic Lab Technicians are in the states of NH, MD, CT, OH and AZ.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Outpatient Care Centers $51980 $24.99
Federal Executive Branch $50030 $24.05
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $44020 $21.16
Offices of Physicians $40370 $19.41
Employment Services $36620 $17.61
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $36110 $17.36
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $34720 $16.69
Health and Personal Care Stores $34670 $16.67
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $34470 $16.57

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