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 Software Engineer. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory hands out hefty paychecks which often rise above six figures — average yearly compensation amounts to $111K. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is what you do at the company — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your experience level factors into the equation as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Livermore, California 

Research & Development, Biotechnology

Lawrence Livermore National Lab

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Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $112K per year. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of around $116K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees (39 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and earn about $137K per year on average.


Bringing in the most money are Optical Engineers — their earnings average $139K annually. Mechanical Engineers are a close second at $119K along with Software Engineers ($119K) and Program Project Managers (around $93K). Postdoctoral Research Associates are among the lowest paid at a median salary of about $86K.

Certifications and Degrees

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory compensates Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (CE)-holders the most at approximately $107K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Technical Analysis; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $151K annually. Engineering Design is regularly seen around here; just under a third of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Project Management, Java, and Oracle.


Men make up the majority of employees who took the survey in a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Unfortunately, a minority of employees — about one in three employees — are presented with both paid vacation and sick leave. Workers wishing to put aside retirement money are in luck; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory sponsors various plans such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for almost all survey participants, and nearly all workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other advantages of working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a defined benefit retirement plan.

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Key Stats for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


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79 %
$78,378 - $115,018
$95,090 - $142,733
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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