Average Salary for Jet Propulsion Laboratory Employees

Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers are not strangers to large paychecks, where average earnings swell to $97K per year. Your role at the company plays the largest role in compensation at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but your experience level and where you live affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This report 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
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
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[-]Aerospace Engineer (9)
$64,665 - $134,420  
[-]Aerospace Engineer (9)
Salary$64,356 - $131,014  
Bonus$419.87 - $8,802  
Total Pay$64,665 - $134,420  
[+]Software Engineer (4)
$47,445 - $112,480  
[+]Software Engineer (4)
Salary$47,682 - $87,689  
Total Pay$47,445 - $112,480  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (3)
$95,595 - $189,533  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (3)
Salary$94,166 - $186,527  
Total Pay$95,595 - $189,533  
[+]Project Manager, Engineering (2)
$113,688 - $209,652  
[+]Project Manager, Engineering (2)
Salary$113,921 - $209,454  
Total Pay$113,688 - $209,652  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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The highest paychecks go to Engineering Project Managers, who earn about $168K, closely trailed by Senior Systems Engineers ($149K), Computer and Information Research Scientists (around $111K), and Aerospace Engineers (approximately $87K). Software Engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($68K) at the company.

Years of Experience

Those who have five to nine years of work experience see an average salaries of $92K. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $81K. The greater proportion of employees (27 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home $149K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Being an Engineer in Training certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $114K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Salaries typically rise to $83K per year for accredited Cisco Certified Network Associates. The best paid folks at Jet Propulsion Laboratory have a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME), Electrical Engineering (EE), earning $168K annually.


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 about $137K. A relatively widespread skill at Jet Propulsion Laboratory is Systems Engineering; slightly less than a third of employees use it for work. Other skills in demand are Matlab, C++, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Although the firm compensates a little more than half of workers for sick days, it only pays half of workers for vacation time. The vast majority of workers have health insurance, and benefits for almost all employees also include dental insurance. Perks also include a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Jet Propulsion Laboratory


23 %
77 %
$56,376 - $105,806
$70,469 - $144,772
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 18 votes.

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