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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. A salary of $79K per year is the median rate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Though what you do at the company and geography do impact pay, your experience level is the primary influence on employee salary at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee 

Research & Development, Biotechnology

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Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make approximately $74K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Oak Ridge National Laboratory folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average $83K per year.


Information Technology Project Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $122K annually; Research Scientists come in second with median earnings amounting to about $111K, and Nuclear Engineers rank near the top as well ($74K).

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Six Sigma Green Belts, who make $122K per year. Regarding salaries and education, Oak Ridge National Laboratory pays those with a Doctorate (PhD) the most — around $130K.


When it comes to skills, Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $150K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is Project Management, with close to a fifth considering it a key competency. Other skills in demand are Object Oriented Programming, Visualization, and Microsoft Word.


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

Workers who save for retirement get lots of help because the company offers a number of savings programs including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of survey participants and dental coverage for most survey participants. Some other perks are a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for Oak Ridge National Laboratory


21 %
79 %
$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.
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