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Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salary

For Optical Managers, hourly average wages total $17.09 per hour. 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 $8K. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by one-third. Most Optical Managers survey respondents are women (78 percent). Work is enjoyable for Optical Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,087 - $61,880
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,744
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$12.74 - $24.48
(Median)
$13
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,087 - $61,880  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,059  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $4,966  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,770  
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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$29,168 - $58,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.74 - $24.48  
   
Overtime
$15.90 - $35.68  
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 - $7,059  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,770  
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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$29,168 - $58,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154

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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. Becoming an Optical Store Manager or a Licensed Dispensing Optician is often the next step for an Optical Manager.

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Survey results show that Optical Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Sales Management, Inventory Management, and Office Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Optical Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Optical Managers bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $45K on average.

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 11%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Optical Manager (Eye Care) Salaries


Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Office Management
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 29%