Optical Engineer Salary (United States)

An Optical Engineer earns an average salary of $83,453 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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$58,415 - $118,737
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $83,453
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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
$58,415 - $118,737  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,294  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $12,411  
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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$54,992 - $123,338  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 349
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 - $10,294  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $12,411  
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).
)
$54,992 - $123,338  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 349
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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 27%
National Average
$84,000
Rochester
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San Diego
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Experience Affects Optical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%
Experienced
up arrow 24%
National Average
$84,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Optical Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%
National Average
$84,000
Matlab
up arrow 1%
Labview
up arrow 2%
Zemax
up arrow 6%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 77 votes.
Gender
Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%
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