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 Nuclear Engineer to Information Technology Project Manager. An average Oak Ridge National Laboratory employee can expect to make $78K annually. How long you've been working primarily drives compensation; however, what you do at the company and where you live are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

Read More

How This Employer Pays

Oak Ridge National Laboratory typically pays:
at market

We couldn't find any similar companies in our data. Do you work at a similar company?

Employer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Nuclear Engineer (2)
$50,593 - $97,515  
[-]Nuclear Engineer (2)
Salary$50,377 - $92,505  
Total Pay$50,593 - $97,515  
[+]Project Manager, Information Technology (IT) (2)
$90,106 - $148,451  
[+]Project Manager, Information Technology (IT) (2)
Salary$86,312 - $144,681  
Total Pay$90,106 - $148,451  
[+]Research Scientist (2)
$67,823 - $147,133  
[+]Research Scientist (2)
Salary$61,964 - $140,613  
Total Pay$67,823 - $147,133  
 Precise Range (?
XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
)     Estimated Range (?
XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

- OR -

Log in with LinkedIn

Comp Managers Click Here »

About This Company

Oak Ridge, Tennessee 

Research & Development, Biotechnology

Oak Ridge National Lab

Freebase CC-BY Source: Freebase, licensed under CC-BY

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $74K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (39 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make about $83K annually on average.


The highest average salaries go to Information Technology Project Managers, who bring in close to approximately $122K per year, though Research Scientists are not far behind at $111K along with Nuclear Engineers earning $74K.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Six Sigma Green Belts, who make $122K annually. Those with a Doctorate (PhD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory come out on top, and their salaries approach about $130K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $150K annually. A garden variety skill at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is Project Management; about a fifth of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's people use it regularly. Some other standard skills here are Object Oriented Programming, Visualization, and Microsoft Word.


The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. For the vast majority of respondents, benefits include health insurance, and most workers get dental coverage, too. Some other perks are a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and a company cell phone.

Key Stats for Oak Ridge National Laboratory


24 %
76 %
$50,507 - $124,947
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
United States (change)

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Salary and career advice to put you a step ahead.
newsletter icon


Recent Blog Posts on Career News

Want to Get More Specific? Get a Salary Report Customized for YOU

Tell us about your current job and your skillset, and we’ll let you know how much employers are paying in your area.