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Average Salary for Jet Propulsion Laboratory Employees

Pay is high at Jet Propulsion Laboratory where employees can expect to earn an average of $97K per year. Your role at the company is the biggest factor affecting pay for Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers, followed by your experience level and where you live. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Aerospace Engineer (10)
$68,510 - $164,887  
[-]Aerospace Engineer (10)
Salary$68,510 - $164,887  
Bonus$435.71 - $9,604  
Total Pay$68,510 - $164,887  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (4)
$57,338 - $132,891  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (4)
Salary$61,228 - $112,896  
Total Pay$57,338 - $132,891  
[+]Software Engineer (3)
$50,977 - $116,752  
[+]Software Engineer (3)
Salary$48,012 - $87,115  
Total Pay$50,977 - $116,752  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (3)
$97,123 - $186,332  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (3)
Salary$97,215 - $185,723  
Total Pay$97,123 - $186,332  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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Engineering Project Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $168K; Senior Systems Engineers come in second with typical earnings amounting to $149K, while Computer and Information Research Scientists and Aerospace Engineers rank near the top as well (approximately $111K and $87K, respectively). Financial compensation for Software Engineers is rather low — only around $68K — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make about $81K. Respondents with a company tenure of five to ten years tend to make approximately $92K. Broken down by tenure, the largest number of Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees (27 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and typically earn around $149K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Engineer in Trainings have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $114K. Cisco Certified Network Associates with credentials can live quite comfortably; salaries come in at about $83K per year. Those with a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME), Electrical Engineering (EE) at Jet Propulsion Laboratory come out on top, and their salaries approach $168K annually.


The highest paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $137K. It's pretty common to find people here who know Systems Engineering; just under one in three consider it a key competency. Three more common skills are Matlab, C++, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Although the firm compensates just over a half of workers for sick days, it only pays half of workers for vacation time. The vast majority of workers receive health insurance, and almost all workers get dental coverage. Jet Propulsion Laboratory folks also make good use of a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats

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
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

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