Average Salary for Oak Ridge National Laboratory Employees

Operating out of Oak Ridge, Tenn., research & development sector company Oak Ridge National Laboratory employs talent in positions ranging from Research Engineer to Research and Development Engineer. The median income for Oak Ridge National Laboratory employees is $80K per year. Your experience level plays the largest role in compensation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, but your role at the company and your city affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Oak Ridge National Laboratory typically pays:
above market

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Employer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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[-]Nuclear Engineer (2)
$54,685 - $98,458  
[-]Nuclear Engineer (2)
Salary$56,135 - $90,944  
Total Pay$54,685 - $98,458  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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About This Company

Oak Ridge, Tennessee 

Research & Development, Biotechnology

Oak Ridge National Lab

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Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically about $71K. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Oak Ridge National Laboratory employees (35 percent) have five to nine years of experience and typically earn approximately $85K annually.


Research and Development Engineers earn the highest median pay at $112K, followed by Research Engineers ($93K).

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to around $78K for Engineer in Trainings, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Project Management Professionals with credentials; these people typically earn $73K per year. It pays to have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory — these employees make the most at around $102K annually.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Visualization among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $113K. Research Analysis is a popular skill in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory workforce; approximately one in four of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Data Analysis, Project Management, and Microsoft Word round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. For almost all workers, benefits include health insurance, and the greater part of workers get dental coverage, too. Advantages of working here also include flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for Oak Ridge National Laboratory


27 %
73 %
$63,023 - $113,000
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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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