Salary for Photonics Engineers

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Technologies which depend on an understanding of light information and light energy are developed by photonics engineers. These professionals develop optical, electro-optical, and imaging systems, lasers, and fiber optics, among other light-dependent devices and systems. They may also design, develop, test, and implement new photonic technologies. While Bachelor's degrees are required for entry into this field, many photonics engineers have graduate degrees in related areas.

A Photonics Engineer will most likely earn wages that can range from $55,360 to $166,050 depending on tenure and industry expertise. can get an average compensation of one hundred and seven thousand and sixty dollars on a yearly basis.

can get the best compensation in District of Columbia, which has normal pay levels of near $139,050. People with this job title can make the highest salaries in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they can get compensation, on average, of $128,070.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 37.78 percent nationwide in that time.


Photonics Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Public Administration
Finance and Insurance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Transportation and Warehousing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Educational Services