Average Salary for Orbital Sciences Corporation Employees

Orbital Sciences Corporation is a aerospace industry firm headquartered in Dulles, Va. that hires for Senior Mechanical Engineer positions, Mechanical Engineer roles, and more. Salaries are high at Orbital Sciences Corporation, with employees typically bringing home $91K annually. Geography plays the largest role in compensation at Orbital Sciences Corporation, but how long you've been working and your role at the company affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Orbital Sciences Corporation typically pays:
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Employer: Orbital Sciences Corporation
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[-]Senior Mechanical Engineer (9)
$68,110 - $113,738  
[-]Senior Mechanical Engineer (9)
Salary$69,389 - $110,483  
Bonus$252.87 - $4,009  
Total Pay$68,110 - $113,738  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (7)
$53,524 - $108,706  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (7)
Salary$56,614 - $107,054  
Bonus$266.52 - $4,227  
Total Pay$53,524 - $108,706  
[+]Aerospace Engineer (7)
$57,765 - $137,022  
[+]Aerospace Engineer (7)
Salary$60,766 - $125,728  
Bonus$186.48 - $3,661  
Total Pay$57,765 - $137,022  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (6)
$65,893 - $126,288  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (6)
Salary$65,724 - $124,283  
Bonus$312.84 - $6,174  
Total Pay$65,893 - $126,288  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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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Median pay is highest in Greenbelt (about $146K per year), followed by Washington, DC ($99K), Chandler ($94K), and Sterling ($93K). High paychecks are not found in Dulles; in fact, at approximately $75K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Maryland, where the average salary is around $112K annually.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically $72K. The greater proportion of employees (31 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home around $81K per year.


Senior Principal Engineers earn the highest median pay at about $106K, followed by Principal Mechanical Engineers ($104K), Senior Systems Engineers (approximately $91K), and Senior Mechanical Engineers ($90K). Electrical Engineers make approximately $72K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make $95K. Certified Professional Engineers also rank high on the pay scale, with expected earnings of about $95K annually. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) at Orbital Sciences Corporation come out on top, and their salaries approach $145K per year.


When it comes to skills, Project Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of around $98K. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Engineering Design; slightly less than a third deem it necessary for work. Microsoft Office, Matlab, and Systems Engineering are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

To plan for old age, almost all employees maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. For the vast majority of workers, benefits include health insurance, and the greater part of workers get dental coverage, too. Orbital Sciences Corporation employees also enjoy perks such as a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and supplemental paternity leave.

Key Stats for Orbital Sciences Corporation


21 %
79 %
$43,278 - $91,457
$71,023 - $111,222
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

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