Should you pick your degree based on future salary?

After graduation, optical engineering graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $134,569, while the bottom 20% make closer to $60,876. The median grad salary is $90,510.

Optical Engineering graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in optical engineering is $55,699, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $69,592.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

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