Optical Laboratory Managers in the United States take home approximately $16.99 per hour on average. A fair number enjoy medical while slightly more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Optical Laboratory Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Optical Laboratory Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,808 - $84,767
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$85K
MEDIAN: $45,272
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$13.51 - $22.48
(Median)
$14
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$31,808 - $84,767  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $7,500  
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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$29,618 - $71,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.51 - $22.48  
   
Overtime
$7.83 - $32.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$300.00 - $7,500  
   
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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$29,618 - $71,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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 who advance into a position like Dispensing Optician may end up working for a little less. On average, Dispensing Opticians take home $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.


For many Optical Laboratory Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $35K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $38K. Optical Laboratory Managers see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $45K.

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Experience Affects Optical Laboratory Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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