Earnings for Entry-Level Optical Engineers come in at around $77K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $17K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Optical Engineers spread between $52K and $110K depending on individual performance. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The vast majority (86 percent) of Entry-Level Optical Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of Entry-Level Optical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,183 - $103,650
$52K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,655
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$18.11 - $41.31
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,183 - $103,650  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $17,329  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $10,365  
Total Pay (?
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$51,732 - $109,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.11 - $41.31  
   
Overtime
$32.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.00 - $17,329  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $10,365  
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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$51,732 - $109,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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Key Stats for Optical Engineer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
18%
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Skills That Affect Optical Engineer Salaries

Zemax
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Matlab
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$77,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

optics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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