Pay for Entry-Level Optical Engineers sits in the ballpark of $76K per year. Total cash earnings of Entry-Level Optical Engineers range from $51K on the low end to $113K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $17K and $11K, respectively. Most Entry-Level Optical Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Entry-Level Optical Engineers (84 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$51,716 - $104,941
(Median)
$52K
$76K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,053
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$16.75 - $52.50
(Median)
$17
$29
$52
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,716 - $104,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,231  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $11,000  
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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$50,941 - $112,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.75 - $52.50  
   
Overtime
$30.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,231  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $11,000  
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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$50,941 - $112,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Skills That Affect Optical Engineer Salaries

Zemax
up arrow 18%

Matlab
up arrow 6%

Engineering Design
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optics
0%

National Average
$77,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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