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Average Salary for Argonne National Laboratory Employees

Based in Chicago, Illinois, research & development industry player Argonne National Laboratory offers many employment opportunities, including Postdoctoral Research Associate and Mechanical Engineer positions. The average Argonne National Laboratory employee earns $72K annually. How long you've been working plays the largest role in compensation at Argonne National Laboratory, but what you do at the company and your city affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

Argonne National Laboratory typically pays:
above market

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Employer: Argonne National Laboratory
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
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[-]Postdoctoral Research Associate (2)
$45,114 - $74,854  
[-]Postdoctoral Research Associate (2)
Salary$44,363 - $71,935  
Total Pay$45,114 - $74,854  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (2)
$61,199 - $115,093  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (2)
Salary$59,408 - $111,873  
Total Pay$61,199 - $115,093  
[+]Administrative Assistant (2)
$31,650 - $64,828  
[+]Administrative Assistant (2)
Salary$33,488 - $62,386  
Total Pay$31,650 - $64,828  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Argonne National Laboratory Details

Chicago, Illinois

Research & Development, Biotechnology

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Years of Experience

Staying at the company for five to ten years brings notable financial rewards; the average income in this window is about $72K per year. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $55K. To sum up, the greater portion of employees here (35 percent) have worked in their field for 20 years or more and now make around $111K annually.


Bringing in the most money are Mechanical Engineers — their earnings average $92K. Postdoctoral Research Associates are a close second at approximately $64K along with Administrative Assistants ($50K).

Certifications and Degrees

HAZWOPER Certification - 40 Hours have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $104K. At Argonne National Laboratory, employees who hold a Doctorate (PhD) receive the highest salaries at $100K.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Project Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $109K. Folks here also tend to know Research Analysis; on the survey, roughly one in seven of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Budget Management, Environmental Consulting, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Although the firm compensates a majority of workers for vacation days, it only pays one-half of workers for sick time. Health insurance is part of the package for almost all employees, and for nearly all workers, dental coverage is too. Perks also include a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and optional telecommute / work from home.

Key Stats

53 %
47 %
$52,000 - $97,024
$52,225 - $134,564
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

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