Optical Engineer Salary (United States)

An Optical Engineer earns an average salary of $84,676 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Optical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$59,235 - $119,807
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $84,675
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Optical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$15.00 - $52.50
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,235 - $119,807  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,326  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $12,469  
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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$55,940 - $123,882  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $52.50  
   
Overtime
$23.13 - $69.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,326  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $12,469  
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).
)
$55,940 - $123,882  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 339
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Job Description for Optical Engineer

  • 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 24%
National Average
$85,000
Rochester
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San Diego
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Experience Affects Optical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%
Experienced
up arrow 24%
National Average
$85,000

Skills That Affect Optical Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%
National Average
$85,000
Zemax
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Matlab
up arrow 2%
Labview
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%
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