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Optical Laboratory Manager Salary

Optical Laboratory Managers in the United States take home an average $16.54 per hour. Most Optical Laboratory Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Optical Laboratory Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,188 - $78,297
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$78K
MEDIAN: $40,530
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90%

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$12.40 - $22.51
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$28,188 - $78,297  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $5,939  
Profit Sharing
$1,800 - $8,500  
Commission
$1,017 - $15,554  
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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$27,493 - $59,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $22.51  
   
Overtime
$6.14 - $34.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $5,939  
   
Commission
$1,017 - $15,554  
Profit Sharing
$1,800 - $8,500  
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).
)
$27,493 - $59,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117

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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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Although many Optical Laboratory Managers transition into Dispensing Optician roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual 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 in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Optical Laboratory Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $43K.

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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 18%