For Optical Laboratory Managers, hourly average wages total $17.14 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Optical Laboratory Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,211 - $100,307
$34K
$47K
$100K
MEDIAN: $47,053
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$13.31 - $22.00
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MEDIAN: $17.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,211 - $100,307  
   
Bonus
$297.99 - $9,616  
Profit Sharing
$3,200  
Total Pay (?
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$29,949 - $79,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.31 - $22.00  
   
Overtime
$5.15 - $32.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$297.99 - $9,616  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,200  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,949 - $79,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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Job Description for Optical Laboratory Manager

Optical laboratory managers are responsible for effectively managing all optical laboratory operations and provide exceptional customer service on behalf of their organization. They are in charge of supervising the crafting of quality eyewear for all customers. In addition, they manufacture eyewear in accordance with manufacturing regulations, following strict safety procedures. They interact with colleagues, as well as existing and prospective customers. Optical laboratory managers must work well with other laboratory managers and use their leadership abilities to motivate optical laboratory professionals to reach all company goals in a timely manner. They oversee and supervise the correct cleaning and ongoing maintenance of optical laboratory tools and equipment as well.

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Optical Laboratory Manager Tasks

  • Supervise staff and give technical direction.
  • Verify the calibration and maintenance of all equipment.
  • Ensure the production of eyewear is accurate to prescription.
  • Deliver completed products as specified.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of staff.

Common Career Paths for Optical Laboratory Manager


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Optical Laboratory Managers sometimes move into a Optical Manager role, where the salary is similar. Many Optical Laboratory Managers go on to become Opticians or Dispensing Opticians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $8K lower and $7K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Optical Laboratory Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $36K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $38K. Optical Laboratory Managers bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $46K.

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Key Stats for Optical Laboratory Manager

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
034
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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