Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $68K per year on average. Average pay is around $70K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. The greater proportion of employees (32 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $124K per year.
Residents of Naperville, Ill. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $119K annually; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of Chicago, Ill. ($108K) and Lemont, Ill. ($81K).
Principal Mechanical Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $124K per year — though Senior Electrical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers also do fairly well at approximately $121K and around $95K, respectively.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $143K annually. On average, salaries rise to $96K per year for accredited Certified Six Sigma Green Belts. The best paid folks at Argonne National Laboratory have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME), earning $126K annually.
In this position, it pays to have Technical Analysis in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $125K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; slightly less than a third consider it a key competency. Many workers usually know Engineering Design, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel as well.
With a more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of Argonne National Laboratory's employees who responded to the survey.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky few (one in three survey participants) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. The vast majority of workers have health insurance, and benefits for a large number of survey participants also include dental insurance. The company also dishes out perks such as 401(a), a casual working environment, and life insurance.