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Average Salary for Oak Ridge National Laboratory Employees

Headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a range of employment opportunities in the research & development industry, from Research Engineer to Research and Development Engineer. The average Oak Ridge National Laboratory employee earns $80K annually. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is how long you've been working — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your job title and where you live each factor into the equation as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

Oak Ridge National Laboratory typically pays:
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Employer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Research Engineer (2)
$54,661 - $115,828  
[-]Research Engineer (2)
Salary$58,209 - $109,149  
Total Pay$54,661 - $115,828  
[+]Research and Development Engineer (2)
$73,450 - $136,058  
[+]Research and Development Engineer (2)
Salary$73,211 - $132,576  
Total Pay$73,450 - $136,058  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Details

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Research & Development, Biotechnology

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Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $71K. Broken down by tenure, the largest number of Oak Ridge National Laboratory employees (35 percent) have five to nine years of experience and typically earn around $85K per year.


The highest average salaries go to Research and Development Engineers, who bring in close to approximately $112K, though Research Engineers are not far behind at about $93K.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to $78K for Engineer in Trainings, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Acquiring certification to be a Project Management Professional is rewarded at $73K annually. Oak Ridge National Laboratory workers who hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) are also well compensated, earning $102K on average.


The highest paying skill to have in this role seems to be Visualization; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of approximately $113K. Folks here also tend to know Research Analysis; on the survey, approximately one in four of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Data Analysis, Project Management, and Microsoft Word are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for nearly all workers, and a solid majority of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Advantages of working here also include flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and a company cell phone.

Key Stats

27 %
73 %
$63,023 - $113,000
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
$82,541 - $132,109
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Genome Sciences

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