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Optical Engineer Salary

An Optical Engineer earns an average salary of $85,635 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$58,227 - $121,617
(Median)
$58K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,635
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50%
90%

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$15.21 - $41.43
(Median)
$15
$22
$41
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,227 - $121,617  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,598  
Profit Sharing
$995 - $12,224  
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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$56,326 - $125,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 363
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $41.43  
   
Overtime
$23.24 - $55.56  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,598  
   
Profit Sharing
$995 - $12,224  
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).
)
$56,326 - $125,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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 35%

Experienced
up arrow 22%


National Average
$86,000


Skills That Affect Optical Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Zemax
0%

National Average
$86,000

Matlab
up arrow 3%

Labview
up arrow 7%

optics
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 3%
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