Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $113K per year. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $105K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (27 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and make $139K per year on average.
The highest average salaries go to Physicists, who bring in close to $193K annually, though Optical Engineers are not far behind at around $139K along with Mechanical Engineers (approximately $122K) and Program Project Managers ($120K). Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Postdoctoral Research Associates (approximately $86K on average).
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make $173K per year. Project Management Certificate Holders with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at about $97K annually. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory workers who hold a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are also well compensated, earning around $130K on average.
Employees who count Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $138K per year. A common skill in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's work force is Engineering Design; slightly less than a third of survey participants report using it on the job. Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis round out the set of key employee skills.
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 37 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. A solid majority of employees allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the vast majority of survey participants have health insurance, and almost all employees have dental coverage. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.