Becoming an Optical Technician via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Penn Foster Career School is a US school (accredited) offering optical sciences courses to train individuals to become top-notch optical scientists, opticians, eye doctors, optics professionals, certified opticians, optical technicians, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 30,580 people employed as ophthalmic laboratory technicians alone in America, and their average annual salary is $29,880. Colleges and universities like Penn Foster Career School that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Optical Technician Salary Information

Category: Ophthalmic laboratory technicians

Total # Employed in the US 30,580
Average Hourly Wage: $14.37/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$8.89 $10.69 $13.57 $17.22 $21.04
Average Yearly Salary $29,880
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$18,500 $22,240 $28,220 $35,810 $43,770
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
6.8% 33.6% 30.1% 14.9% 11.3% 1.7% 1.5%
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Connecticut $19.85/hr $41,280
Missouri $17.67/hr $36,750
Ohio $17.39/hr $36,180
Kansas $17.3/hr $35,990
Oklahoma $17.25/hr $35,890
Montana $17.11/hr $35,600
Puerto Rico $16.73/hr $34,800
Colorado $15.54/hr $32,310
Delaware $15.38/hr $31,980
Tennessee $15.18/hr $31,580
Nebraska $15.01/hr $31,210
Mississippi $14.95/hr $31,100
Pennsylvania $14.9/hr $31,000
North Dakota $14.8/hr $30,790
Arkansas $14.54/hr $30,250
New Hampshire $14.39/hr $29,930
Washington $14.32/hr $29,790
North Carolina $14.03/hr $29,190
Michigan $13.95/hr $29,010
Oregon $13.94/hr $28,990
Maryland $13.88/hr $28,860
New York $13.85/hr $28,820
Virginia $13.68/hr $28,460
Utah $13.46/hr $28,000
South Carolina $13.46/hr $27,990
Hawaii $13.43/hr $27,930
New Jersey $13.25/hr $27,560
West Virginia $13.19/hr $27,430
Kentucky $13.16/hr $27,380
California $13.07/hr $27,180
Louisiana $12.96/hr $26,950
Iowa $12.94/hr $26,920
Indiana $12.9/hr $26,820
Idaho $12.58/hr $26,170
Maine $12.48/hr $25,950
Nevada $12.4/hr $25,790
Massachusetts $12.38/hr $25,750
Wisconsin $12.14/hr $25,260
Alabama $11.83/hr $24,610
New Mexico $11.71/hr $24,360
Wyoming $11.61/hr $24,150
South Dakota $11.37/hr $23,640
Guam $11.26/hr $23,420


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