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Working As An Optical Engineer

  • $94,955

    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 Demographics

Gender

Male

70.9%

Female

15.0%

Unknown

14.1%
Ethnicity

White

47.5%

Asian

26.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

8.4%

Unknown

4.1%
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Languages Spoken

Japanese

18.8%

Spanish

18.8%

Korean

12.5%

Portuguese

6.3%

Chinese

6.3%

German

6.3%

French

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Thai

6.3%
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Optical Engineer Education

Schools

University of Arizona

19.8%

University of Rochester

15.7%

University of Central Florida

7.4%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

6.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.1%

University of Dayton

4.1%

University of New Mexico

4.1%

University of Alabama

3.3%

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

3.3%

San Diego State University

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.3%

Boston University

2.5%

Towson University

2.5%

Stanford University

2.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

2.5%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2.5%

More Tech Institute

2.5%

University of Texas at Austin

2.5%
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Majors

Physics

48.1%

Electrical Engineering

22.3%

Mechanical Engineering

4.2%

Business

3.5%

Engineering

1.9%

Engineering Physics

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Computer Applications

1.5%

Computer Networking

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.5%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.2%

Chemical Engineering

1.2%

Biomedical Engineering

1.2%

Engineering Technology

0.8%

Management

0.8%

Geology

0.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

34.7%

Bachelors

26.2%

Doctorate

22.1%

Other

12.2%

Certificate

2.4%

Associate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real Optical Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
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 Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 18, 2016 $132,714
Optical Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 17, 2016 $131,362
Optical Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 09, 2016 $131,362
Sensing Hardware Optical Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 23, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Engineer Staff, Optical JDS Uniphase Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 02, 2015 $130,000
Display Metrology Optical Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 24, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Optical Engineer Leia Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 05, 2016 $129,626
Optical Engineer Meta Company Redwood City, CA Sep 13, 2016 $125,000
Optical Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 22, 2015 $124,000
Optical Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 27, 2016 $123,000
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
Electro-Optical Engineer ISP Optics Corporation Irvington, NY Jun 24, 2016 $105,000
Optical Engineer Cree, Inc. Racine, WI Sep 27, 2016 $105,000
Optical Engineer Source Photonics Hillsborough, CA Sep 09, 2015 $105,000 -
$120,000
Optical Engineer IDD Aerospace Corp Redmond, WA Jul 20, 2015 $103,992
Principal Optical Engineer Integra Optics Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 23, 2016 $100,000
Optical Engineer Meta Company Redwood City, CA Sep 13, 2016 $100,000
Optical Engineer New Jersey Institute of Technology Big Bend, CA Jul 22, 2016 $86,724
Optical Engineer New Jersey Institute of Technology Big Bend, CA Jun 05, 2016 $86,724
Optical Engineer New Jersey Institute of Technology Big Bend, CA Jan 31, 2016 $86,724
Engineer, Optical Coatings TRU Vue, Inc. Faribault, MN Sep 20, 2016 $86,143
Optical Engineer Calmar Optcom, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 11, 2015 $85,467
Optical Engineer Filament Lighting Sunnyvale, CA Aug 24, 2016 $85,254
Optical Engineer Hermes Microvision, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Electron Optics Engineer Hermes Microvision, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 01, 2015 $85,000

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Top Skills for An Optical Engineer

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  1. Laser Beam
  2. Fiber
  3. Optical System Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed LabView programs to automatically measure GRIN lens focal length, focal spot, and laser beam profile.
  • Design the high-power fiber-coupling device for diode-pumping solid-state laser, including designing and manufacturing the customized SMA armored optical fiber.
  • Re-designed and implemented a software for optical system design.
  • Conduct lens design and test for smart cameras for various automotive applications.
  • Implemented complete design in ZEMAX to predict system performance.

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