Optical Engineer Salary

An Optical Engineer earns an average salary of $85,936 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$58,695 - $123,481
(Median)
$59K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,936
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$15.32 - $41.72
(Median)
$15
$24
$42
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,695 - $123,481  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,438  
Profit Sharing
$1,011 - $11,940  
Total Pay (?
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$56,825 - $128,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $41.72  
   
Overtime
$23.77 - $54.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,438  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,011 - $11,940  
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).
)
$56,825 - $128,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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.

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Experience Affects Optical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 26%


National Average
$87,000


Skills That Affect Optical Engineer Salaries

Zemax
up arrow 5%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 5%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$87,000

Matlab
up arrow 1%

Labview
up arrow 7%

optics
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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