Average Salary for Oak Ridge National Laboratory Employees

Operating out of Oak Ridge, Tenn., research & development company Oak Ridge National Laboratory employs talent in positions ranging from Research Scientist to Nuclear Engineer. Employees at Oak Ridge National Laboratory make $78K annually on average. What you do at the company primarily drives compensation; however, how long you've been working and your city are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee 

Research & Development, Biotechnology

Oak Ridge National Lab

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Nearing the top of the pay scale are Design Engineering Managers, Information Technology Project Managers, Research Scientists, and Nuclear Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at approximately $140K per year, the other salaries come in at $120K, about $119K, and around $90K, respectively. Electrical Engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($62K on average) at the company.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $60K annually. Overall, the greater share of Oak Ridge National Laboratory folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average $78K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $122K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Oak Ridge National Laboratory compensates Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)-holders the most at $117K per year.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Data Analysis; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $120K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; just over a fifth consider it a key competency. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Engineering Design, Technical Analysis, and Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power.


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

Benefits and Perks

Oak Ridge National Laboratory workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance is part of the package for a large number of workers, and for a large number of respondents, dental coverage is too. Oak Ridge National Laboratory folks also make good use of a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, pension, and flexible hours.

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Key Stats for Oak Ridge National Laboratory


21 %
79 %
$49,132 - $122,084
$50,869 - $110,000
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
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