Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salary

Earnings for Optical Managers in the United States come in at around $17.29 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Optical Managers varies from around $29K to approximately $58K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $5K, respectively. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, nearly one-third claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Optical Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (80 percent) of Optical Managers who took the survey are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,858 - $62,380
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,607
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$12.76 - $24.41
(Median)
$13
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,858 - $62,380  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,219  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,034  
Commission
$0.00 - $9,600  
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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$29,124 - $58,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $24.41  
   
Overtime
$14.75 - $35.86  
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
$0.00 - $6,219  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $9,600  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,034  
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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$29,124 - $58,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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Job Description for Optical Manager (Eye Care)

An optical manager works in an optometrist’s office and is responsible for managing the office and its overall operations. Those in this position generally work daytime office hours Monday through Friday, though the hours can vary. Different offices will have different requirements of their optical managers, but a minimum of four years of in-field optical experience is often required. An Associate's or Bachelor's degree in an eye care or business-related field is highly recommended, as well.

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Optical Manager (Eye Care) Tasks

  • Plan, direct and coordinate eye care services.
  • Deliver, adjust and repair eyewear.
  • Provide inventory control and management.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
  • Monitor quality control of products and services.

Common Career Paths for Optical Manager (Eye Care)


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Many Optical Managers move into a Retail Store Manager Optician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Retail Store Manager Opticians on average bring in a similar salary to Optical Managers. An Optical Manager often moves on to become an Optical Store Manager or a Licensed Dispensing Optician.

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Optical Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Sales Management, Inventory Management, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Office Management and Sales. Competency in Customer Service frequently indicates knowledge of Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Optical Manager (Eye Care)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Optical Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. Optical Managers see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Optical Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $45K.

Optical Manager (Eye Care) Reviews

What is it like working as an Optical Manager (Eye Care)?

Optical Manager (Eye Care) in Charlotte:
"It is a great job!"
Pros: I enjoy the variety of jobs I have the opportunity to perform. I enjoy the business side of office management, but that I also have an opportunity to communicate and get to know patients on a personal level. I also enjoy managing people.
Cons: Paper work.

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Optical Manager (Eye Care) in Granger:
"Be willing to change with technology."
The industry has changed much. Computers can be best friend , but make sure you have an up to date backup. Instill your staff to learn. Positive reinforcement works 100 times better than negative .

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Experience Affects Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Sales Management
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Sales
up arrow 5%

Office Management
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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