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Average Salary for Jet Propulsion Laboratory Employees

Salaries are high at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with the median employee bringing home $97K per year. At Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is what you do at the company — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your experience level and where you live each factor into the equation as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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How This Employer Pays

Jet Propulsion Laboratory typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
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[-]Aerospace Engineer (8)
$61,342 - $134,688  
[-]Aerospace Engineer (8)
Salary$60,736 - $139,700  
Total Pay$61,342 - $134,688  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (4)
$100,292 - $190,306  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (4)
Salary$98,670 - $188,984  
Total Pay$100,292 - $190,306  
[+]Software Engineer (4)
$46,591 - $108,929  
[+]Software Engineer (4)
Salary$47,947 - $87,019  
Total Pay$46,591 - $108,929  
[+]Engineering Group Manager (3)
$113,721 - $191,167  
[+]Engineering Group Manager (3)
Salary$116,844 - $191,049  
Total Pay$113,721 - $191,167  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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Engineering Group Managers earn the highest median pay at $159K annually, followed by Senior Systems Engineers (approximately $149K), Computer and Information Research Scientists ($111K), and System Integration Engineers (around $106K). On the lower end are Software Engineers at $68K on average.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $80K per year. Average pay is $90K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest fraction of Jet Propulsion Laboratory people (31 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn around $132K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Engineer in Trainings receive bigger paychecks (approximately $160K annually) than those without credentials. On average, salaries rise to $83K per year for accredited Cisco Certified Network Associates. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctorate (PhD), Physics; Jet Propulsion Laboratory awards $155K to these degree-holders.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Algorithm Development among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $148K annually. Systems Engineering is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; one in four of Jet Propulsion Laboratory's people use it regularly. Many workers are also familiar with Project Management, Engineering Design, and Matlab.

Benefits and Perks

Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just two-fifths of survey participants. At Jet Propulsion Laboratory, most survey participants have health insurance, and a large number of workers have dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Jet Propulsion Laboratory


25 %
75 %
$57,192 - $119,265
$71,216 - $152,368
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
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