Optometrist technician - Salary and Career
Optics and Optometry Technicians

Optometrist technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform optometric exams, make lenses, adapt contact lenses, assemble glasses and apply ocular prostheses. They promote visual health education, sell optical and optometric products and services, manage establishments. They are technically responsible for optical laboratories, basic or full optical establishments and contact lens fitting centers. They can issue optical-optometric reports and opinions.

How much does an Optometrist technician earn

A Optometrist technician earns between $1.178 and $3.982 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.839 and a median salary of $1.544 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 1.417 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Optometrist technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.839 22.072 460 8
1º Quartile 1.178 14.132 294 5
Median Salary 1.544 18.528 386 7
3º Quartile 3.037 36.447 759 14
Higher Salary 3.982 47.790 996 18


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • optics and optometry technicians

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Main workplaces

Optics and Optometry Technicians they perform their duties in optical laboratories, in basic and complete optical establishments, in contact lens fitting centers, and may also work in the sales field and in educational activities in the sphere of public health. They are hired as salaried workers, with a formal contract and also as an employer. They work individually and in teams, without supervision, indoors and also in vehicles, during the day.


What does it take to work in the field of Optics and Optometry Technicians

The exercise of these occupations requires a high school technical course, offered by professional training institutions. The full performance of professional activities takes place after a period of three to four years of experience.


Functions and activities of Optometrist technician

Optics and Optometry Technicians must:

  • communicate;
  • making lenses;
  • sell optical and optometric products and services;
  • perform optometric examinations;
  • fit contact lenses;
  • promote education in visual health;
  • assembling glasses and optical aids;
  • make lenses;
  • manage establishment;
  • adapt contact lenses;
  • machining lenses;
  • assemble glasses and optical aids;
  • perform optometric exams;
  • apply eye prostheses;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • mount glasses and optical aids;
  • applying eye prostheses;

  • Activities

    • interpret work order;
    • send work order to laboratory;
    • checking lenses;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • choose organic and mineral materials;
    • guide in the ergonomics of vision;
    • assist the customer in choosing frames and sunglasses;
    • manage finance;
    • analyze external and internal structures of the eye;
    • fit lens to frame;
    • photographing the client's face;
    • deliver lectures and courses;
    • adjust eye prosthesis;
    • readapting prosthesis;
    • measure intraocular pressure (tonometry);
    • manage purchases and sales;
    • fusing organic and mineral materials;
    • prepare work order;
    • control quality of products and services;
    • collect complementary measurements (naso-pupillary distance, height of optical center , vertex distance, etc.);
    • participate in the promotion of visual health campaigns;
    • making safety glasses;
    • determine optical compensation and aids;
    • check assembly of spectacles and optical aids;
    • retouch contact lenses;
    • provide eye first aid;
    • show fine motor skills;
    • add lens treatments (hardening, anti-reflective, coloring, hydration and filters);
    • refining lenses;
    • control stock of goods and materials;
    • advise the client on the use and maintenance of optical aids and ocular prostheses;
    • form multiplier groups in visual health education;
    • put test lenses in the eye;
    • select trial lens;
    • blocking organic and mineral materials;
    • adjust glasses on customer's face;
    • set lens type;
    • analyze orbital cavity;
    • mark optical center and lens assembly line;
    • finishing the lenses;
    • designing lenses (curves, thickness, prisms);
    • advise public agencies in promoting visual health;
    • interpret prescription;
    • detect customer needs;
    • calculate lens parameters;
    • update yourself professionally;
    • making eye prosthesis;
    • perform control reviews of contact lens fitting;
    • determining prosthesis characteristics (pupil and iris diameter, size, color, etc. );
    • calibrate optical and optometric equipment;
    • perform optometric and optical expertise;
    • cutting lenses;
    • elaborating optical templates;
    • manage human resources;
    • make a tear assessment;
    • identify deficiencies and anomalies related to changes in visual function;
    • recommend aseptic products;
    • organize workplace;
    • modeling lenses;
    • align glasses and other optical aids (tele systems, optical measurement equipment) ;
    • separate supplies and tools;
    • request exams and opinions from other specialists;
    • forward pathological cases to doctors;
    • machining organic and mineral materials;
    • orient customer family;
    • measure visual acuity;
    • repair optical aids;
    • provide maintenance of the establishment;
    • shaping the orbital cavity;
    • assist the client in visual reeducation;
    • match lens wear (over-refraction);
    • reveal aesthetic sense;
    • do anamnesis;
    • issue reports and opinions;
    • demonstrate psychological understanding;
    • indicate lens types;
    • measure ocular refraction (refratometry and retinoscopy);
    • keep customer records;
    • evaluate lens fit;
    • measure cornea (keratometry, topography);


    Sectors that hire Optometrist technician the most in the job market

    • optical goods retail trade
    • manufacture of optical articles
    • retailer of jewelery articles
    • hospital care activities
    • maintenance of stations and telecommunications networks
    • optical laboratory service
    • wholesale of other equipment and articles for personal and domestic use
    • activities of healthcare professionals
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • watchware retail trade




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