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Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salary

Optical Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.56 per hour. Cash earnings for Optical Managers — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $59K. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by about one in three. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Optical Managers. Most Optical Managers survey respondents are women (75 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$30,029 - $60,598
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MEDIAN: $43,775
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$12.65 - $24.04
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,029 - $60,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,937  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $4,966  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,960  
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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$28,988 - $58,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.65 - $24.04  
   
Overtime
$15.60 - $34.40  
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.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,937  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $4,966  
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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$28,988 - $58,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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 who go on to become Retail Store Manager Opticians may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an Retail Store Manager Optician, an upper-level role, pays $42K. It is not unusual for an Optical Manager to become an Optical Store Manager or a Licensed Dispensing Optician.

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Typical Optical Managers report a focused set of job skills. Sales Management and Office Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Office Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Optical Manager (Eye Care)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Optical Managers make a median salary of $44K. Optical Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $45K.

Optical Manager (Eye Care) Advice

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 10%

Experienced
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National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salaries


National Average
$41,000

Office Management
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 28%