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Average Salary for Jet Propulsion Laboratory Employees

Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees take home generous earnings of approximately $97K annually on average. 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 how long you've been working and geography each factor into the equation as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
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Employer: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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The highest average salaries go to Engineering Group Managers, who bring in close to $159K per year, though Senior Systems Engineers are not far behind at $151K along with Computer and Information Research Scientists (around $111K) and System Integration Engineers (approximately $106K). Software Engineers make an average $68K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $90K annually. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $80K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (32 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make approximately $133K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to around $160K per year for Engineer in Trainings, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Cisco Certified Network Associates with credentials; these people earn $83K annually on average. Regarding salaries and education, Jet Propulsion Laboratory pays those with a Doctorate (PhD), Physics the most — $155K.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Algorithm Development; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $148K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Jet Propulsion Laboratory is Systems Engineering; approximately one in four of employees use it for work. Engineering Design, Project Management, and Research Analysis are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only 38 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Almost all employees report having health insurance, and nearly all workers report having dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are a company cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Jet Propulsion Laboratory


24 %
76 %
$57,192 - $119,265
$71,216 - $154,082
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 16 votes.
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