Physicists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $169K annually — though Electrical Engineers, Program Project Managers, and Research Scientists also do fairly well at approximately $120K, around $119K, and about $111K, respectively. Near the bottom at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are Computer Scientists, pulling in an average of just $104K.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $119K per year on average. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $100K annually on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees (29 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn about $113K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Engineer in Trainings receive bigger paychecks (approximately $123K annually) than those without credentials. Earning a Project Management Certificate Holder certification garners significant financial rewards of around $103K per year on average. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory workers who hold a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) are also well compensated, earning $123K on average.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $169K annually. Engineering Design also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just over one in five of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Matlab.
Benefits and Perks
Just 42 percent receive paid time off. A strong majority of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of employees, and most employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Privileges also include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.