Optical Technician Statistics in the US

The average employee age for optical technicians is 45 years. The optical technician workforce reached a whopping 12,780 in 2020!

Among optical technicians, we discovered that 60.6% of them are women, while 35.2% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among optical technicians is White, which makes up 71.2% of all optical technicians. Comparatively, there are 14.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.3% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Optical technicians are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, optical technicians are more likely to find a job in the technology industry.

From where do we know all information about optical technician demographics? We analyzed 3,403 optical technicians resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Optical Technician Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as optical technicians. Keep reading to find out what the results for optical technicians were.

Optical Technician Gender Ratio

Among optical technicians, 60.6% of them are women compared to 35.2% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 60.6%
  • Male, 35.2%
  • Unknown, 4.2%

Optical Technician Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among optical technicians is White, which makes up 71.2% of all optical technicians. Comparatively, there are 14.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.3% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 71.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 14.6%
  • Black or African American, 5.3%
  • Asian, 5.3%
  • Unknown, 2.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Optical Technicians

The chart below shows that 59.6% of optical technicians speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Hindi at 5.6% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 4.5%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 59.6%
  • Hindi, 5.6%
  • Chinese, 4.5%
  • Mandarin, 3.4%
  • Portuguese, 3.4%
  • Other, 23.5%

Optical Technician Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among optical technicians.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Optical Technician Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the optical technician position over time.

Male
Female
36%
33%
29%
26%
22%
19%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Optical Technician Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of optical technicians changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of optical technicians based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Optical Technician

By looking over 3,403 optical technicians resumes, we figured out that the average optical technician enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Optical Technician Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of optical technician employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of optical technicians is 40+ years old, which represents 65% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Optical Technicians with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, guitar technician and driver/technician have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Mammographer8%88%
Mammography Technician8%88%
Radiographer, Mammographer9%90%
Optical Technician35%61%
Armorer Technician87%12%
Driver/Technician88%9%
Guitar Technician92%5%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Guitar Technician
Driver/Technician
Armorer Technician
Optical Technician
Radiographer, Mammographer
Mammography Technician
Mammographer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Optical Technicians with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to optical technicians.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Central Laboratory Technician9.44%
Therapy Technician9.89%
Medical Records Receptionist10.63%
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse12.56%
Optical Technician14.40%
Firefighter/Medic15.76%
X-Ray Technician18.68%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Optical Technician?

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Male Income
$33,598
female-income
Female Income
$30,030

Optical Technician Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Hispanic or Latino men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$36,666
$35,217
$33,767
$32,317
$30,868
$29,418
$27,969
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Optical Technician Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$31,476
Bachelor's Degree$32,065
Master's Degree$33,699
Some College/ Associate Degree$34,754

Optical Technician Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$36,088
$34,754
$33,420
$32,086
$30,752
$29,418
$28,084
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Optical Technician Heatmaps

Where Do Optical Technicians Earn The Most?

The map here shows where optical technicians earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Optical Technicians Located?

By looking through more than 3,403 resumes, we found that the most popular places for optical technicians are CA, San Diego and NY, New York.

Number of Optical Technicians

Where Are Optical Technicians In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country optical technicians are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Optical Technician Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ optical technicians. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most optical technicians is the technology industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire optical technicians.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Optical Technician Work In

Employees with the optical technician job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most optical technicians prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Public

Private

Government

Education

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ optical technicians. Those industries include technology, retail and manufacturing.

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Technology

Retail

Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Health Care

Optical Technician Jobs