Average Salary for Oak Ridge National Laboratory Employees

Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based Oak Ridge National Laboratory hires for positions ranging from Research Scientist to Postdoctoral Research Associate in the research & development. Oak Ridge National Laboratory pays its employees $76K annually on average. Your role at the company primarily drives compensation; however, how long you've been working and where you live 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

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The highest average salaries go to Design Engineering Managers, who bring in close to around $140K per year, though Research Scientists are not far behind at approximately $119K along with Nuclear Engineers (about $100K) and Linux Systems Administrators ($76K). Electrical Engineers make an average $62K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $55K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Oak Ridge National Laboratory folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average about $76K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to approximately $87K annually for Engineer in Trainings, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); Oak Ridge National Laboratory awards $108K to these degree-holders.


Employees who count Technical Writing among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $118K per year. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Engineering Design; close to one-fifth deem it necessary for work. Employees also tend to know Project Management, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis.

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. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of employees and dental coverage for most workers. A few more workplace perks are tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, pension, and life insurance.

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