Salary for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Also known as:  Contact Lens Cutter, Contact Lens Technician, Eyeglass Assembler, Eyeglass Lens Cutter, Eyeglass Maker, Lens Grinder, Lens Grinder and Polisher, Lens Mounter, Precision Lens Centerer and Edger, Prescription Eyeglass Maker

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Ophthalmic laboratory technicians are required to grind, cut, assemble, polish and inspect eye glasses, contact lenses and other related materials. This job is not dangerous, but it does require employees to stand or bend for long periods. A high school degree or GED is almost always necessary to be considered for this job. Most of the time, an employer will require up to one year of formal on-site job training as well.

An Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician can earn a pay level between 16000 - 24000 based on experience. Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians can earn salaries of Twenty Nine Thousand Six Hundred dollars yearly.

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians have the highest pay levels in Colorado, where they can get average wages of close to about $41280. People in this job function receive the highest compensation in Public Administration, where they can receive average job salaries of $43010.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 15.26 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries
Educational Services $43,010
Public Administration $39,970
Health Care and Social Assistance $31,460
Manufacturing $30,280
Finance and Insurance $27,900
Retail Trade $27,610
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Wholesale Trade $26,720
Management of Companies and Enterprises $26,970
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $27,480
Retail Trade $27,610
Finance and Insurance $27,900
Manufacturing $30,280
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