Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salary

Median pay for Optical Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $17.03 per hour. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $7K, $5K, and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Optical Managers can bottom out near $29K or top out at around $58K. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and around one in three get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Optical Managers survey respondents are women (77 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,690 - $61,420

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$12.75 - $24.36

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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
$29,690 - $61,420  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,787  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $5,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,040  
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 - $58,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $24.36  
   
Overtime
$15.60 - $35.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,787  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,040  
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 - $58,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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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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For Optical Managers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Optical Managers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Retail Store Manager Optician. It is not uncommon for an Optical Manager to continue on to become an Optical Store Manager or a Licensed Dispensing Optician.

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Survey results show that Optical Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Inventory Management, Sales, and Office Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $34K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. On average, Optical Managers make $43K following one to two decades on the job. 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) 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
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Sales
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Office Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 30%
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