Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salary

Median pay for Optical Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $17.07 per hour. Total cash incomes of Optical Managers run from $29K to $58K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K, profit sharing that reaches $5K, and some commissions of nearly $6K. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Optical Managers making up 77 percent. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one in three get dental coverage, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,707 - $61,785
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,132
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$12.73 - $24.38
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$13
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$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,707 - $61,785  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,941  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $5,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,000  
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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$28,929 - $58,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $24.38  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $35.94  
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 - $6,941  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $5,000  
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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$28,929 - $58,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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, a 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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Optical Managers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Inventory Management, Sales, and Office Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Office Management, Sales, and Inventory 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. On average, Optical Managers make $43K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $45K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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
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Experienced
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National Average
$40,000

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


National Average
$40,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Sales
up arrow 5%

Office Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 30%
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