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Average Salary for Argonne National Laboratory Employees

Argonne National Laboratory is a research & development firm headquartered in Chicago, Ill. that hires for Software Engineer positions, Administrative Assistant roles, and more. An average Argonne National Laboratory employee can expect to make $72K annually. At Argonne National Laboratory, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is your job title — it impacts salary more than anything else — though how long you've been working and your city each factor into the equation as well. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Argonne National Laboratory typically pays:
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Employer: Argonne National Laboratory
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Postdoctoral Research Associate (2)
$43,558 - $74,477  
[-]Postdoctoral Research Associate (2)
Salary$43,695 - $71,871  
Total Pay$43,558 - $74,477  
[+]Software Engineer (2)
$83,851 - $167,137  
[+]Software Engineer (2)
Salary$90,101 - $155,141  
Total Pay$83,851 - $167,137  
[+]Administrative Assistant (2)
$31,443 - $64,432  
[+]Administrative Assistant (2)
Salary$32,788 - $62,349  
Total Pay$31,443 - $64,432  
[+]Administrative Secretary (2)
$31,717 - $62,617  
[+]Administrative Secretary (2)
Total Pay$31,717 - $62,617  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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Chicago, Illinois 

Research & Development, Biotechnology

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Software Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $129K per year; Postdoctoral Research Associates come in second with median earnings amounting to $64K, and Administrative Assistants rank near the top as well ($50K).

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $72K annually. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make about $54K per year on average. The greater proportion of employees (38 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of around $116K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

The highest-paying degree here is a Doctorate (PhD); Argonne National Laboratory awards approximately $99K to these degree-holders.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Project Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of around $111K per year. A common skill in Argonne National Laboratory's work force is Microsoft Excel; about a tenth of survey participants report using it on the job. Key skills also include Microsoft Office, Budget Management, and Material Science.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only one-half of respondents receiving paid vacation and 38 percent receiving paid sick days. Almost all employees report having health insurance, and almost all survey participants report having dental coverage. Some other advantages of working at Argonne National Laboratory are a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and 401(a).

Key Stats for Argonne National Laboratory


40 %
60 %
$52,000 - $97,024
$49,897 - $125,185
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
$50,195 - $134,564
United States (change)

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