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. Oak Ridge National Laboratory pays its employees $85K per year on average. Your experience level plays the largest role in compensation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, but geography and what you do at the company affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. 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

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $76K annually. Overall, the greater share of Oak Ridge National Laboratory folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average $83K per year.


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

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Six Sigma Green Belts are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $122K annually. The best paid folks at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have a Doctorate (PhD), earning $130K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $150K annually. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; close to one-fifth of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's people use it regularly. Other top skills include Research Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.


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 helps its workers sock away funds for retirement, offering plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance is part of the package for nearly all workers, and for a large number of employees, dental coverage is too. Perks also include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and a subsidized cell phone.

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