Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salary
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.Read More...
An optical manager will have a wide array of responsibilities within the office, including: designing and adapting lenses and frames for clients; assisting clients with contact lens management; preparation of the optical laboratory; arranging and maintaining display of optical merchandise; determining clients’ prescriptions; maintaining customer records (including payments, prescriptions, and work orders); obtaining records from previous doctors; preparing work orders for lenses and eyeglasses; up-selling various eye care products; verifying customer satisfaction; and supervising the training of opticians. There are also various administrative duties, including bookkeeping, tracking inventory and sales, and submitting insurance information.
Those in this position should always maintain a positive attitude and be able to multitask with ease. An optical manager should be friendly, welcoming, and professional with superior communication and management skills and a great eye for detail.
Optical Manager (Eye Care) Tasks
- Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
- Monitor quality control of products and services.
- Provide inventory control and management.
- Plan, direct and coordinate eye care services.
- Deliver, adjust and repair eyewear.
Common Career Paths for Optical Manager (Eye Care)
As Optical Managers make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Optical Store Manager position pays around the same amount as the Optical Manager job on average. Moving from an Optical Manager to Retail Store Manager Optician or Licensed Dispensing Optician is a more common career path, however.
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Optical Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Office Management, Sales Management, Inventory Management, and optician are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Operations Management, Insurance, and Sales. It is not unusual for someone who knows Customer Service to be familiar with Sales Management as well.
Pay by Experience Level for Optical Manager (Eye Care)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Optical Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. Optical Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $45K.
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