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Salary Report

2017 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report

Job Satisfaction and Workplace

More than 90% of optics and photonics workers enjoy their work (96%), find it meaningful (95%), and feel that their peers respect it (93%). Majorities would recommend their field to their child or a friend (82%), feel they are paid fairly (77%), and perceive that promotions are handled fairly in their workplaces (73%).
Job Satisfaction
While 77% of workers say they are paid fairly, only 63% are happy with their pay. Workers earning the most are also the happiest with their compensation—the median salary for the happiest respondents is $123,973 versus $50,155 for the least satisfied.
Happiness with pay
Over two-thirds of respondents feel they have an excellent work/life balance. Part-time workers are happiest about the balance between career and private life, with 85% deeming it excellent. At the other end of the spectrum, only 46% of people working 60 or more hours per week agree that they have an excellent work/life balance.
Work Life Balance