Optical Laboratory Manager Salary
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.Read More...
Optical laboratory managers need to have excellent problem solving skills to explore the underlying reasons for recurring laboratory issues and find effective resolutions. They create schedules for other optical laboratory associates, as well as develop budgets for different projects. They create supply and expenses reports, as well as use a personal computer to keep accurate records of supplies and interaction with customers for future reference. Additionally, these managers actively participate in laboratory training sessions to increase quality in the manufacturing process, as well as perform final inspection duties.
A bachelor's degree in management or a related field is often required for this job. In addition, previous experience - including in a managerial capacity - is generally necessary, and optical training may be preferred. Optical laboratory managers must have excellent communication skills and pay strong attention to detail, as well as be able to multitask on a variety of projects.
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
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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