Optical Engineer II Salary in the United States

How much does an Optical Engineer II make in the United States? The average Optical Engineer II salary in the United States is $129,811 as of September 25, 2023, but the range typically falls between $114,654 and $135,954. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities

Job Description

Designs, models, analyzes, and tests optical, electro-optical, and opto mechanical systems and components. Conducts research and development to develop component and system specifications, designs, and testing methodologies. Utilizes optical design software and modeling tools such as Zemax and FRED. Requires a bachelor's degree in optical engineering, electrical engineering, physics or equivalent. Typically reports to a manager. Occasionally directed in several aspects of the work. Gaining exposure to some of the complex tasks within the job function. Typically requires 2-4 years of related experience. (Copyright 2023 Salary.com)

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    Optical Engineer I

    0 - 2 years experience
    Bachelor's Degree

  2. This Job:

    Optical Engineer II

    2 - 4 years experience
    Bachelor's Degree

  3. Up a level:

    Optical Engineer III

    4 - 7 years experience
    Bachelor's Degree

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