Average Salary for Oak Ridge National Laboratory Employees

Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based Oak Ridge National Laboratory hires for positions ranging from Postdoctoral Research Associate to Research Scientist in the research & development. Employees at Oak Ridge National Laboratory make $77K annually on average. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is what you do at the company — it impacts salary more than anything else — though how long you've been working and geography each factor into the equation as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee 

Research & Development, Biotechnology

Oak Ridge National Lab

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Design Engineering Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $140K per year — though Research Scientists, Nuclear Engineers, and Linux Systems Administrators also do fairly well at $117K, $100K, and approximately $76K, respectively. Near the bottom at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are Electrical Engineers, pulling in an average of just around $62K.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make about $55K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (33 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of $76K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Engineer in Trainings are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $87K annually. Those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory come out on top, and their salaries approach around $99K per year.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Engineering Design; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $118K annually. Project Management is a popular skill in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory workforce; nearly one-fifth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Many workers usually know Research Analysis, Web Design, and Data Analysis as well.

Benefits and Perks

Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of respondents and dental coverage for a large number of workers. A few more workplace perks are tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and pension.

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