Optical Laboratory Technician

Optical laboratory technicians operate laboratory equipment to grind, cut, polish and edge lenses for eyeglasses according to prescriptions received and fit lenses into frames. They also make minor repairs for customers such as replacing frame screws or straightening frames. They are also responsible for maintaining and repairing optical laboratory equipment or machinery. With experience they also work in surface marking of the eyeglasses to direct the curving and cutting, and measuring lens power. Some optical laboratory technicians work in specialized contact lens labs. They produce contact lenses according to prescription.

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$10.15 – $32.45

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$37,739 – $60,782

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There are no standard education requirements. Usually optical laboratory technicians are trained on the job in optical prescription labs.

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Average hourly

Range hourly

Average yearly

Range yearly


$10.15 - $32.45


$37,739 - $60,782

Disclaimer: There were not enough data on the salary on this job. Based on several job advertisement the salary/wages of typical lab assistant has been given.


Employment outlook is mostly good across provinces. More information is available here.

This is a very entry-level position. With time on the job, technicians may become supervisors in labs. Or they may move into related fields such as repairing optometric diagnostic tools. Some technicians study to become opticians. Learn more

Generally none. One possible training option might be found here.

Customer service, the ability to study and interpret customer issues, the ability to focus on details, diligence, a good sense of spatial relationships, good fine motor skills (to manipulate small objects and instruments), patience and perseverance, teamwork

Optical laboratory technicians work in labs and often on the feet. Allergic reactions to the chemical agents in the lab can be a potential hazard. They usually work a standard 40-hour week. Learn more

Need to connect with an optical lab. Also, completing online optometric assistant courses can be a starting point.