Optical Store Manager Salary
An average Optical Store Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $19.50 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The majority of Optical Store Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Optical Store Managers making up 77 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Optical Store Manager
The person who oversees the day-to-day operations of the brick and mortar locations where consumers purchase glasses and other protective eyewear is an optical store manager. This person is not only in charge of the way customer service for persons shopping for glasses and frames is performed. This manager also works to help create appointments for consumers, ensures accurate orders for laboratory technicians, and generally oversees a clean and customer-friendly retail showroom environment.Read More...
The optical store manager may be tasked with either preparing the sales day in opening duties or reconciling all transactions from the day. Many such operations use point of sale computer systems that are integrated with accounting software the manager will use to perform these duties. Many optical stores also have licensed optometrists on staff. The manager helps to create and maintain appointments for customers who need to see the optometrist. The optical store manager will then typically work with customers to help recommend lens and fashion options for eyeglasses and contact lenses. The manager then ensures that all work orders incorporate the customers' wishes and the prescription data from the optometrist.
An optical store manager normally will be a person with extensive experience at lower levels within optical retail outlet service. Some jurisdictions also require optician certification to hold this position, and that normally requires some amount of post-secondary education or training. Optical store managers normally work in a retail and lab environment long hours of the week.
Optical Store Manager Tasks
- Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
- Give technical direction and manage the selection, training and development of staff.
- Monitor budget and track weekly sales projections.
- Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
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Pay by Experience Level for Optical Store Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Optical Store 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 median compensation for relatively untried workers is $39K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $43K. Optical Store Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.