Average Salary for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Employees

Livermore, Calif.-based Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory hires for positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Software Engineer in the research & development. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees bring home the big bucks — six-figure salaries are common, and average pay approaches $112K per year. For the most part, employee paychecks at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory fluctuate depending on your role at the company; your experience level also matters, but to a lesser degree. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Livermore, California 

Research & Development, Biotechnology

Lawrence Livermore National Lab

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Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $114K per year on average. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $116K annually on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (38 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and make $137K per year on average.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Optical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Software Engineers, and Program Project Managers; while the first receives the highest median pay at about $139K annually, the other salaries come in at approximately $119K, $119K, and about $93K, respectively. Postdoctoral Research Associates are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $86K.

Certifications and Degrees

At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (CE) receive the highest salaries at $107K.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Technical Analysis; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of around $151K per year. A common skill in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's work force is Engineering Design; just under a third of survey participants report using it on the job. Employees also tend to know Project Management, Java, and Oracle.


Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is scarce, with only about one in three survey participants receiving paid vacation and nearly two in five workers receiving sick leave. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory helps its workers sock away funds for retirement, offering plans such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Nearly all workers receive health insurance, and nearly all respondents get dental coverage. Perks also include a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, a defined benefit retirement plan, and life insurance.

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Key Stats for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


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$78,378 - $115,018
$95,569 - $142,170
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1-4 years
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