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Average Salary for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Employees

Headquartered in Livermore, Calif., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory offers a range of employment opportunities in the research & development, from Mechanical Engineer to Optical Engineer. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory hands out hefty paychecks which often rise above six figures — average yearly compensation amounts to $112K. For the most part, employee paychecks at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory fluctuate depending on what you do at the company; your experience level also matters, but to a lesser degree. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory typically pays:
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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.
[-]Mechanical Engineer (4)
$70,984 - $166,148  
[-]Mechanical Engineer (4)
Salary$77,084 - $163,465  
Total Pay$70,984 - $166,148  
[+]Optical Engineer (3)
$84,310 - $174,452  
[+]Optical Engineer (3)
Salary$86,937 - $181,362  
Total Pay$84,310 - $174,452  
[+]Software Engineer (3)
$80,036 - $134,657  
[+]Software Engineer (3)
Salary$84,081 - $133,034  
Total Pay$80,036 - $134,657  
[+]Postdoctoral Research Associate (3)
$37,767 - $99,464  
[+]Postdoctoral Research Associate (3)
Salary$43,363 - $99,651  
Total Pay$37,767 - $99,464  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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Livermore, California 

Research & Development, Biotechnology

Lawrence Livermore National Lab

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Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is about $107K per year. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $116K annually. The greater proportion of employees (41 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of $136K per year.


Bringing in the most money are Optical Engineers — their earnings average $139K annually. Mechanical Engineers are a close second at approximately $119K along with Software Engineers (around $115K) and Postdoctoral Research Associates (about $86K).

Certifications and Degrees

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory compensates Master of Business Administration (MBA)-holders the most at $128K per year.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Technical Analysis among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $151K annually. Engineering Design is a popular skill among Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory workers, with just under one in three of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Project Management, Java, and Microsoft Excel were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

Just 36 percent receive paid time off. With an eye toward the future, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides health insurance to nearly all survey participants, and the vast majority of survey participants do receive dental coverage. Other privileges include a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a defined benefit retirement plan.

Key Stats for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


25 %
75 %
$109,672 - $118,503
$95,090 - $141,896
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 12 votes.
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