Average Salary for Oak Ridge National Laboratory Employees

Headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a range of employment opportunities in the research & development, from Information Technology Project Manager to Research Scientist. The median income for Oak Ridge National Laboratory employees is $87K annually. Though geography and your job title are influential salary factors for those at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, how long you've been working turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. 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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Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $77K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (43 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make $85K annually on average.


Earning $122K per year on average, Information Technology Project Managers receive the most money, followed by Research Scientists (around $111K annually).

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Six Sigma Green Belts earn $122K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. It pays to have a Doctorate (PhD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory — these employees make the most at about $130K annually.


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 $150K per year. Project Management is a popular skill among Oak Ridge National Laboratory workers, with just under a fifth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Office, Research Analysis, and Object Oriented Programming were also reported by many survey participants.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory's employees who answered the questionnaire are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

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. Nearly all workers report having health insurance, and a large number of employees report having dental coverage. Oak Ridge National Laboratory also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and a company cell phone.

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13 %
87 %
$50,684 - $124,179
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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