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Average Salary for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Employees

Operating out of Livermore, California, research & development company Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employs talent in positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Software Engineer. With a reputation for handing out six-figure salaries (median pay is $111K), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a strong magnet for those looking to increase their earning potential. Your job title influences pay for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory workers the most, followed by your experience level. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory typically pays:
above market

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Employer: Lawrence Livermore National 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.
[-]Software Engineer (4)
$73,667 - $157,129  
[-]Software Engineer (4)
Salary$78,718 - $148,186  
Total Pay$73,667 - $157,129  
[+]Optical Engineer (3)
$83,666 - $175,885  
[+]Optical Engineer (3)
Salary$87,199 - $174,065  
Total Pay$83,666 - $175,885  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (3)
$83,409 - $157,371  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (3)
Salary$82,205 - $168,026  
Bonus$433.04 - $8,040  
Total Pay$83,409 - $157,371  
[+]Software Developer (2)
$68,556 - $125,401  
[+]Software Developer (2)
Salary$70,395 - $120,461  
Total Pay$68,556 - $125,401  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Details

Livermore, California

Research & Development, Biotechnology

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Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for between five and ten years haul in $106K on average. For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach approximately $108K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (40 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make around $120K per year.


Earning about $139K on average, Optical Engineers receive the most money, followed by Software Engineers ($116K), Mechanical Engineers ($112K), and Software Developers (about $95K). Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Postdoctoral Research Associates ($84K).

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Professional Engineer s, who make approximately $150K. Salaries typically rise to $146K annually for accredited Professional Engineer License Holders. Those with a Doctorate (PhD) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory come out on top, and their salaries approach $142K per year.


Skill-wise, employees who report C++ as part of the toolkit report the most money, earning around $145K on average. A relatively widespread skill at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is Engineering Design; one-fourth of employees use it for work. Project Management, Java, and Microsoft Office round out the set of key employee skills.


Men are more likely to work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory than women, given the more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio.

Benefits and Perks

The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only half of workers. A fair portion of workers report contributing to a 401(k). The vast majority of workers receive health insurance, and almost all workers get dental coverage. Perks also include a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Key Stats

23 %
77 %
$81,880 - $119,195
$91,308 - $143,001
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 16 votes.

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