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 Physicist. Those searching for a six-figure salary consider Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where hearty paychecks average $109K. 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 and where you live each factor into the equation as well. 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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The highest paychecks go to Physicists, who earn an average about $169K per year, closely trailed by Electrical Engineers (around $120K), Program Project Managers (approximately $119K), and Research Scientists ($111K). Among the lower-paid positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are Computer Scientists — the median salary for this role approaches $104K.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $100K annually. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $119K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $113K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Engineer in Trainings are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $123K per year. Project Management Certificate Holders with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $103K annually. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides the highest financial reward to those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) — these employees rake in around $123K per year.


In this position, it pays to have Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $169K annually. Engineering Design is regularly seen around here; just over a fifth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Matlab round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only 42 percent. A strong majority of workers take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory sponsors. A large number of workers report having health insurance, and a large number of respondents report having dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

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$50,684 - $111,597
$65,889 - $133,496

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$100,671 - $184,859
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Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
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