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Optical Laboratory Manager Salary

Optical Laboratory Managers in the United States can expect wages of $16.63 per hour on average. Male Optical Laboratory Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Optical Laboratory Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$27,830 - $68,416
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MEDIAN: $40,160
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$12.10 - $22.47
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,830 - $68,416  
   
Bonus
$24.66 - $6,071  
Commission
$2,000 - $10,500  
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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$27,232 - $58,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $22.47  
   
Overtime
$6.27 - $34.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$24.66 - $6,071  
   
Commission
$2,000 - $10,500  
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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$27,232 - $58,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
United States (change)

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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While many Optical Laboratory Managerstransition into Dispensing Optician roles, the job pays an average $32K annually.

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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.


Optical Laboratory Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. Optical Laboratory Managers bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $44K.

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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%