Average Salary for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Employees

Livermore, Calif.-based Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory hires for positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Electrical Engineer in the research & development. Financial compensation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory jumps well into six-figure territory; median pay is $107K. For the most part, employee paychecks at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory fluctuate depending on your job title; how long you've been working and where you live also matter, 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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Senior Mechanical Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $200K annually — though Physicists, Application Developers, and Electrical Engineers also do fairly well at $148K, $127K, and approximately $119K, respectively. Near the bottom at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are Mechanical Engineers, pulling in an average of just $105K.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $96K per year on average. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $111K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (32 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $113K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Being an Engineer in Training certainly has its perks — salaries approach $123K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Acquiring certification to be a Project Management Certificate Holder is rewarded with median pay of $103K per year. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, employees who hold a Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) receive the highest salaries at around $124K.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Computer Aided Design; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $157K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is Engineering Design; just over one in five of employees use it for work. Other skills in demand are Matlab, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Most survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, half of survey participants report receiving the former, whereas a little over a half of workers report receiving the latter. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of respondents, and a large number of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Perks also include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

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$48,140 - $109,875
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Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
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