Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
79.2k
Average Age
42.3
Average Salary
$40,423
Average Male Salary
$47,525
Average Female Salary
$34,264

About

Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are most often employed by the Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians was $40,423 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians by wage are Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, and Photographers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are Murfreesboro City PUMA, TN, Irvine City (Central) PUMA, CA, and Elmore, Autauga, Montgomery (Outer) & Lowndes Counties PUMA, AL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are Murfreesboro City PUMA, TN, Anaheim City (West) PUMA, CA, and Elmore, Autauga, Montgomery (Outer) & Lowndes Counties PUMA, AL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, by average wage, is Electronic component & product manufacturing, n.e.c. . Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are paid most in Draper (Northwest) & Sandy (South) Cities PUMA, UT but are relatively concentrated in Murfreesboro City PUMA, TN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$40,423
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,701

In 2020, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians earned an average of $40,423, $15,531 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Photographers make somewhat more than Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians while Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.319
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.319, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

79.2k
2020 Workforce
± 6,907
−1.56%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 12.5%

The number of people employed as Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians has been declining at a rate of −1.56%, from 80,449 people in 2019 to 79,197 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians employed by various industries. Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing employs the largest share of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians at  36.3%, followed by Offices of dentists with 17% and Offices of physicians with 14.5%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians in the US. The average age of male Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians in the workforce is 43.8 and of female Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians is 41, and the most common race/ethnicity for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

36.8k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,708
42.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,056

53.6% of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

60.4% of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.2% of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians.

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Age by Sex

43.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.86
41
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.59

The median age of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians is 42.3, and Male employees are generally 2.81 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians is Health but a relatively high number of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians hold a major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians need many skills, but most especially Quality Control Analysis, Active Listening, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Selection, and Equipment Maintenance.

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