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. With a reputation for handing out six-figure salaries (median pay is $111K), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a strong magnet for those looking to increase their earning potential. The most important factor affecting pay for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees is your role at the company, though your experience level plays a role 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

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


Earning $139K annually on average, Optical Engineers receive the most money, followed by Mechanical Engineers ($119K), Software Engineers (approximately $119K), and Program Project Managers ($93K). On the lower end are Postdoctoral Research Associates at approximately $86K on average.

Certifications and Degrees

It pays to have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (CE) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — these employees make the most at $107K per year.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Technical Analysis; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of around $151K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is Engineering Design, with just under one in three considering it a key competency. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Project Management, Java, and Oracle.


With a more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's employees who responded to the survey.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three workers enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. 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. Nearly all employees report having health insurance, and the vast majority of survey participants report having dental coverage. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory also dishes out privileges such as 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


21 %
79 %
$78,378 - $115,018
$95,090 - $142,733
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1-4 years
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10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
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