Optical Engineer Salary

An Optical Engineer earns an average salary of $85,899 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$58,423 - $130,397
$58K
$85K
$130K
MEDIAN: $85,484
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$15.78 - $41.63
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$28
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MEDIAN: $28.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,423 - $130,397  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,084  
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $10,271  
Total Pay (?
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$57,326 - $135,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 347
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $41.63  
   
Overtime
$25.17 - $62.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,084  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $10,271  
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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$57,326 - $135,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Optical Engineer

Optical engineers are responsible for creating optical devices to be used in eye wear, cameras, telescopes, and lasers. Candidates for the position must be skilled researchers of light refraction and reflection and should have strong experimental and discovery skills, as well.

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Optical Engineer Tasks

  • Design, analyze, test, and implement optical systems.
  • Optimize product cycle of new optical designs for market realignment.
  • Improve manufacturability of optical products.

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Pay by Experience Level for Optical Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Optical Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Optical Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 206 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optical Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 109 salaries. An experienced Optical Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 73 salaries. An Optical Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 24 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,258

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Key Stats for Optical Engineer

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Optical Engineer Salaries

▲33%

▲30%

▲7%

National Average
$86,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Optical Engineer Salaries


Optical Fabrication
▲8%

Python
▲7%

▲6%

Systems Engineering
▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$86,000


optics
▼4%

Labview
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 4%
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