An Optical Engineer earns an average salary of $82,861 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.
Optical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$58,852 - $118,628
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120K
MEDIAN: $82,860
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Optical Engineer Total Pay (?
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$15.26 - $50.00
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,852 - $118,628  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,242  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $12,289  
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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$55,882 - $122,923  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 363
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.26 - $50.00  
   
Overtime
$22.85 - $68.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,242  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $12,289  
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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$55,882 - $122,923  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 363
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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.
Popular Skills for Optical Engineer
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 27%
Rochester
up arrow 1%
National Average
$83,000
San Diego
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Experience Affects Optical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%
Experienced
up arrow 22%
National Average
$83,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Optical Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%
Matlab
up arrow 2%
National Average
$83,000
Labview
up arrow 4%
Zemax
up arrow 6%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%
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