Average Salary for Jet Propulsion Laboratory Employees

Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees can expect to earn a comfortable salary, with average pay hovering around $96K per year. Though your experience level and geography do impact pay, your role at the company is the primary influence on employee salary at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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The highest paychecks go to Engineering Group Managers, who earn an average $159K annually, closely trailed by Senior Systems Engineers ($149K), Computer and Information Research Scientists ($111K), and System Integration Engineers (around $106K). Among the lower-paid positions at Jet Propulsion Laboratory are Software Engineers — the median salary for this role approaches about $75K.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $90K per year on average. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $80K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (34 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $130K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Engineer in Trainings receive bigger paychecks ($148K annually) than those without credentials. Becoming a Cisco Certified Network Associate can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $83K on average. Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctorate (PhD), Physics — these employees rake in approximately $155K per year.


Employees who count Algorithm Development among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $148K annually. Systems Engineering is a popular skill among Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers, with around one in five of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Engineering Design, Project Management, and C++ were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to employee benefits, Jet Propulsion Laboratory has room for improvement — only 38 percent are paid for vacation and sick time. With an eye toward the future, Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. For nearly all employees, benefits include health insurance, and almost all survey participants get dental coverage, too. Jet Propulsion Laboratory folks also make good use of a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

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