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Salary Report

2019 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report

Detailed Salaries by Countries and Region

Pay at different career stages varies widely by country, with ratios near or above 10:1 between the highest- and lowest-paying countries. Earnings at for-profits are higher than at academic institutions in the vast majority of countries, career stages, and regions.
Median Salaries by Total Years Employed, Selected Countries

As an optical engineer it is a very exciting time to be working in the space industry—cutting-edge developments in free-space optical communications and quantum key distribution make every day a new adventure!

Median Salaries by Organisation Type, Total Years Employed, and Region

As an optical coating tech of 20 years, I have to honestly say that the optics field is amazing. The potential is unlimited. I love the fact I am able to learn and understand more about our industry every day.