Salary for Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

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Ophthalmic medical technicians work under the direction of ophthalmologists. These professionals conduct eye exams to determine the function of ocular muscles, the field of vision, and the presence of refractive conditions of the eye. These professionals may communicate with patients following eye surgeries to evaluate progress, and are responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of instruments and equipment used in ophthalmic practices. Under the direction of an ophthalmologist, they may also administer eye drops or topical medications.

An Ophthalmic Medical Technician can earn a pay level on a scale from 16000 - 24000 depending on education and tenure levels. Ophthalmic Medical Technicians can get average salaries of Twenty Nine Thousand Six Hundred dollars each year.

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians have the highest pay levels in Colorado, where they earn normal pay levels of approximately $41280. People with these jobs can make the highest salaries in Public Administration, where they earn normal pay levels of $43010.

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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.
Ophthalmic Medical 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