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

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

Ophthalmic Technologists

Ophthalmic Technologists assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provide instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assist with minor surgical procedures, applying aseptic techniques and preparing instruments. May perform eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct patients in care and use of corrective lenses.

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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
$40010 per year
Hourly wage
$19 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$25,830 to $31,030 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Ophthalmic Medical Technologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,830 to $31,030 per year or $12 to $15 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 Medical Technologists 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%) $28 $57,900
Senior (Top 25%) $23 $47,490
Middle (Mid 50%) $18 $37,940
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $31,030
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,830

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MN $25 $52,600
MA $25 $51,180
AK $24 $50,880
NJ $23 $48,340
RI $23 $48,230
DC $23 $47,930
CA $23 $47,110
VT $22 $45,080
NH $22 $44,870
OR $21 $44,310

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Ophthalmic Technologists are in the states of MN, MA, AK, NJ and RI.

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