An Optical Engineer earns an average salary of $85,901 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$58,169 - $129,103
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$86K
$130K
MEDIAN: $85,901
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$18.25 - $41.20
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MEDIAN: $28.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,169 - $129,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,541  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
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$56,917 - $134,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.25 - $41.20  
   
Overtime
$25.76 - $61.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,541  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $10,213  
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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$56,917 - $134,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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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

  • Design, analyze, test, and implement optical systems.
  • Optimize product cycle of new optical designs for market realignment.
  • Improve manufacturability of optical products.

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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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Key Stats for Optical Engineer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Optical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$87,000


Skills That Affect Optical Engineer Salaries

Optical Fabrication
up arrow 8%


Zemax
up arrow 7%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 5%


Matlab
0%

National Average
$87,000

optics
up arrow 5%

Labview
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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