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Average Salary for Orbital Sciences Corporation Employees

Operating out of Dulles, Va., aerospace company Orbital Sciences Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Aerospace Engineer to Senior Mechanical Engineer. Orbital Sciences Corporation employees bring home $88K annually on average. What you do at the company is the biggest factor affecting pay for Orbital Sciences Corporation workers, followed by how long you've been working and where you live. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Employer: Orbital Sciences Corporation
Average Salary Range by Job
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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Aerospace Engineer (9)
$58,255 - $134,348  
[-]Aerospace Engineer (9)
Salary$61,493 - $124,631  
Bonus$204.43 - $3,554  
Total Pay$58,255 - $134,348  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (8)
$52,809 - $113,712  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (8)
Salary$55,781 - $111,107  
Bonus$393.32 - $6,619  
Total Pay$52,809 - $113,712  
[+]Senior Mechanical Engineer (8)
$67,619 - $113,694  
[+]Senior Mechanical Engineer (8)
Salary$69,997 - $110,836  
Bonus$230.28 - $3,410  
Total Pay$67,619 - $113,694  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (6)
$68,938 - $138,081  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (6)
Salary$65,572 - $122,795  
Bonus$816 - $10,740  
Total Pay$68,938 - $138,081  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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About This Company

Dulles, Virginia 20166


Aerospace, Radio and Television Broadcasting and Communications Equipment

Orbital Sciences Corp

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Nearing the top of the pay scale are Senior Finance Managers, Principal Electrical Engineers, Senior Principal Engineers, and Senior Systems Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at $140K per year, the other salaries come in at around $109K, $107K, and $91K, respectively. On the lower end are Mechanical Engineers at approximately $76K on average.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $74K annually. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $81K per year. The greater proportion of employees (30 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of about $106K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $99K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Sterling, Va. ($92K), Chandler, Ariz. (around $92K), and Greenbelt, Md. ($85K) are the next top-paying cities. Dulles, Va. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $74K. By state, Orbital Sciences Corporation pays its California employees the most; the pay rate there is around $104K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt certainly has its perks — salaries approach $92K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. On average, salaries rise to $75K annually for accredited Certified Information Systems Security Professionals. Orbital Sciences Corporation workers who hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) are also well compensated, earning about $143K on average.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $102K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Orbital Sciences Corporation is Engineering Design; just under one in three of employees use it for work. Employees also tend to know Microsoft Office, Matlab, and Systems Engineering.


Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Nearly all employees save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Almost all workers report having health insurance, and most survey participants report having dental coverage. Some other advantages of working at Orbital Sciences Corporation are a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours, and life insurance.

Key Stats for Orbital Sciences Corporation


19 %
81 %
$42,894 - $93,353
$66,460 - $109,938
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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