Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salary

Optical Managers in the United States can expect wages of $16.99 per hour on average. Overall compensation packages to Optical Managers range from $29K on the low end to $58K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $7K and profit sharing that approaches $5K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $6K. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Optical Managers making up 77 percent. 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 close to a third. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Optical Managers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,725 - $61,693
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,577
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$12.71 - $24.24
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$13
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$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,725 - $61,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,917  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $4,983  
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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$28,861 - $57,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.71 - $24.24  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $35.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,917  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $4,983  
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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$28,861 - $57,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Many Optical Managers move into a Retail Store Manager Optician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Retail Store Manager Opticians on average bring in a similar salary to Optical Managers. An Optical Manager often moves on 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 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 many Optical Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Optical Managers make a median salary of $42K. 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
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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 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: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 29%
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