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Working As an Optical Engineer

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Optical Engineer Do

An Optical Engineer designs optical devices to be used in eyewear, telescopes, cameras, and lasers. They ensure that optical and electronic components meet all given specifications.

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Optical Engineer Career Paths

Optical Engineer
Senior Optical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Team Leader Group Leader
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Process Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Process Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer
Principal Mechanical Engineer
14 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Program Manager Engagement Manager
Head Of Business Development
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$88,000
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$67,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does an Optical Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Optical Engineer in the United States is $88,799 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $117,000.

Real Optical Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Optical Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jan 20, 2014 $155,000
Optical Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 14, 2015 $150,000
Principal Optics Engineer Pelican Imaging Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2015 $147,070
Optical Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 08, 2014 $145,000
Staff Optical Engineer JDS Uniphase Corporation Milpitas, CA Apr 20, 2014 $144,800
Optical Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Nov 06, 2014 $138,720
Optical Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 21, 2013 $136,000
Optical Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 18, 2016 $132,714
Optical Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 09, 2016 $131,362
Optical Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 17, 2016 $131,362
Engineer Staff, Optical JDS Uniphase Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 02, 2015 $130,000
Sensing Hardware Optical Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 23, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Display Metrology Optical Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 24, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Optical Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 19, 2015 $107,000
Optical Engineer Source Photonics Hillsborough, CA Jul 09, 2016 $107,000 -
$124,560
Optical Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 11, 2013 $106,575
Optical Engineer Source Photonics Hillsborough, CA Sep 09, 2015 $105,000 -
$120,000
Engineer II, Optical Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 05, 2013 $105,000
Optical Engineer Omnivision Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 01, 2014 $105,000
Optical Engineer Switch Bulb Company, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 06, 2014 $105,000
Optical Engineer Cree, Inc. Racine, WI Sep 27, 2016 $105,000
Electron Optics Engineer Hermes Microvision, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Optical Engineer Hermes Microvision, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Optical Engineer Polysense Technologies Santa Clara, CA Aug 15, 2014 $85,000
Optical Engineer Juno Manufacturing, Inc. Des Plaines, IL Apr 25, 2014 $85,000
Optical Engineer Coadna Photonics Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 16, 2016 $85,000
Optical Engineer Digilens, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 09, 2016 $84,968
Optical Engineer Calmar Optcom, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 16, 2016 $83,678
Optical Engineer M/A-com Technology Solutions, Inc. Ithaca, NY Jan 18, 2016 $82,480

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Top Skills for An Optical Engineer

  1. Laser
  2. Fiber Optic
  3. New Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design the high-power fiber-coupling device for diode-pumping solid-state laser, including designing and manufacturing the customized SMA armored optical fiber.
  • Developed reliability tests for fiber optic assemblies.
  • Deal with vendors and clients for sourcing and technical support for new product development.
  • Implemented complete design in ZEMAX to predict system performance.
  • Designed and wrote procedures for incoming inspection testing for optical components.

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Top 10 Best States for Optical Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. Alaska
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Idaho
  5. Nevada
  6. California
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Connecticut
  9. Maine
  10. Delaware
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Optical Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.7%

Unknown

18.2%

Female

14.2%
Ethnicity

White

47.8%

Asian

26.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

8.7%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

17.4%

Japanese

13.0%

Chinese

8.7%

German

8.7%

French

8.7%

Mandarin

8.7%

Arabic

8.7%

Korean

8.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

Carrier

4.3%

Cantonese

4.3%

Thai

4.3%
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Optical Engineer Education

Schools

University of Arizona

19.7%

University of Rochester

14.6%

University of Central Florida

7.6%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

5.7%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.5%

University of Dayton

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

3.8%

San Diego State University

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.2%

University of New Mexico

3.2%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.2%

University of Alabama

2.5%

University of Washington

2.5%

University of California - San Diego

2.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

2.5%

University of Phoenix

2.5%
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Majors

Physics

43.9%

Electrical Engineering

26.5%

Business

4.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Computer Science

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Engineering

1.9%

Engineering Physics

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Biomedical Engineering

1.6%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Communication

1.3%

Astronomy And Astrophysics

1.3%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.1%

Computer Applications

1.1%

Chemistry

1.1%

Engineering Technology

0.8%

Project Management

0.8%

Physical Sciences

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

34.7%

Bachelors

27.0%

Doctorate

23.8%

Other

9.6%

Certificate

2.3%

Associate

1.6%

Diploma

0.9%
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