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Optical Engineer Salary (United States)

An Optical Engineer earns an average salary of $84,032 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Optical Engineer Salary (?
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$57,255 - $119,930
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MEDIAN: $84,032
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National Salary Data

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$57,255 - $119,930  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,383  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $12,365  
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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$55,786 - $123,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 330
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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
  • Improve manufacturability of optical products.
  • Optimize product cycle of new optical designs for market realignment.
  • Design, analyze, test, and implement optical systems.

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Pay by Experience Level for Optical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
up arrow 33%
San Diego
up arrow 8%
National Average
$85,000
Tucson
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Rochester
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Experience Affects Optical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
National Average
$85,000

Skills That Affect Optical Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%
National Average
$85,000
Matlab
up arrow 1%
Zemax
up arrow 1%
Labview
up arrow 5%
optics
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 3%