Average Salary for Jet Propulsion Laboratory Employees

Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers are not strangers to large paychecks, where average earnings swell to $96K annually. Though how long you've been working and your city are influential salary factors for those at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, your job title turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Engineering Group Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $159K per year; Senior Systems Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to approximately $149K, while Computer and Information Research Scientists and System Integration Engineers rank near the top as well (around $111K and $106K, respectively). Financial compensation for Software Engineers is rather low — on average only about $75K — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $80K annually. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $90K per year. The largest slice of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory workforce (34 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $130K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $148K per year for Engineer in Trainings; non-accredited workers make much less. Acquiring certification to be a Cisco Certified Network Associate is rewarded with median pay of $83K annually. The best paid folks at Jet Propulsion Laboratory have a Doctorate (PhD), Physics, earning about $155K per year.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Algorithm Development; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $148K annually. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Systems Engineering; about one in five deem it necessary for work. Other top skills include Engineering Design, Project Management, and C++.

Benefits and Perks

Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only 38 percent. Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Almost all survey participants report having health insurance, and almost all respondents report having dental coverage. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, a company cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

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$56,766 - $120,552
$71,482 - $151,548
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1-4 years
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10-19 years
20 years or more

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