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Salary Report

2019 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report

Employer Type

Median salaries are greatest in military/defense, followed by for-profit companies. Universities, colleges, and other educational institutions pay the least.7
Median Salary by Employer Type
For-profit pay is higher than academic pay in most countries at most career stages, but the gap narrows with higher levels of experience. Earnings in North America are highest across employer types and almost all career stages.

Startups account for just over 13% of workers at for-profit organizations.

Median Salary by Region For-Profit, Goverment/Military, and Academic Employers
These entrepreneurs earn median salaries of $88,725, versus $101,000 for their colleagues at traditional companies.
Median Salaries at Startup Versus Traditional Company