Optical Laboratory Manager Salary

The average Optical Laboratory Manager in the United States earns approximately $16.66 per hour. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Optical Laboratory Managers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 69 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,064 - $82,321
(Median)
$27K
$43K
$82K
MEDIAN: $43,279
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$13.04 - $22.61
(Median)
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$27,064 - $82,321  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$4,880  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$28,064 - $62,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $22.61  
   
Overtime
$6.08 - $34.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $6,953  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,880  
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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$28,064 - $62,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Optical Laboratory Manager


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Optical Laboratory Managers often transition into a Dispensing Optician position. Dispensing Opticians report a slightly lower median income of $32K.

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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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Optical Laboratory Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $32K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $37K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Optical Laboratory Managers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $45K.

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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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