Optical Managers in the United States can expect wages of $17.57 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings of Optical Managers stretch from $30K to $60K; the final number can encompass up to $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with some enjoying commissions of almost $13K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Women account for the majority of Optical Managers who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,200 - $64,307
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$30K
$42K
$64K
MEDIAN: $42,368
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$13.79 - $24.33
(Median)
$14
$18
$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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,200 - $64,307  
   
Bonus
$225.00 - $7,037  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $6,787  
Commission
$974 - $13,363  
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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$29,906 - $60,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.79 - $24.33  
   
Overtime
$16.08 - $37.20  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$225.00 - $7,037  
   
Commission
$974 - $13,363  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $6,787  
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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$29,906 - $60,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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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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Optical Managers sometimes move into a Optical Store Manager role, where the salary is similar. A more common career path for Optical Managers is stepping into the role of Retail Store Manager Optician or Licensed Dispensing Optician.

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Popular Skills for Optical Manager (Eye Care)


Survey results imply that Optical Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Sales Management, Customer Service, and Office Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Operations Management, Insurance, and Sales. Aptitude in Customer Service tends to also indicate an understanding 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. 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 $46K.

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.

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Experience Affects Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$40,000



Skills That Affect Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salaries


Sales Management
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Customer Service
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National Average
$40,000

Sales
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Employee Relations
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Insurance
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Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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