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Average Salary for Orbital Sciences Corporation Employees

Orbital Sciences Corporation is a aerospace firm headquartered in Dulles, Virginia that hires for Senior Mechanical Engineer positions, Mechanical Engineer roles, and more. Typical salaries for Orbital Sciences Corporation workers verge on the six figures ($91K). At Orbital Sciences Corporation, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is geography — it impacts salary more than anything else — though how long you've been working and your job title each factor into the equation as well. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

Orbital Sciences Corporation typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: Orbital Sciences Corporation
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
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.
[-]Senior Mechanical Engineer (9)
$69,094 - $113,421  
[-]Senior Mechanical Engineer (9)
Salary$70,932 - $112,180  
Bonus$246.55 - $3,198  
Total Pay$69,094 - $113,421  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (7)
$53,778 - $109,615  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (7)
Salary$56,969 - $109,971  
Bonus$269.40 - $3,581  
Total Pay$53,778 - $109,615  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (6)
$65,211 - $127,157  
[+]Senior Systems Engineer (6)
Salary$65,200 - $126,366  
Bonus$306.28 - $5,390  
Total Pay$65,211 - $127,157  
[+]Aerospace Engineer (6)
$57,971 - $141,053  
[+]Aerospace Engineer (6)
Salary$60,532 - $138,412  
Bonus$218.43 - $4,531  
Total Pay$57,971 - $141,053  
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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: 7 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Orbital Sciences Corporation Details

Dulles, Virginia 20166


Aerospace, Radio and Television Broadcasting and Communications Equipment

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Median pay is highest in Greenbelt ($146K annually), followed by Washington, DC (around $99K), Sterling (approximately $94K), and Phoenix ($93K). Expected earnings are below average (about $76K) in Dulles, one of the lowest-paid cities. Orbital Sciences Corporation workers in Maryland earn the most — $112K per year on average.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically about $73K. A typical employee has five to nine years of experience and earns approximately $83K annually.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Senior Supplier Quality Engineers, Principal Mechanical Engineers, Senior Systems Engineers, and Senior Mechanical Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at $112K, the other salaries come in at $104K, $91K, and around $90K, respectively. At $72K, Electrical Engineers are among the lowest paid at Orbital Sciences Corporation.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make around $95K. Salaries typically rise to about $95K per year for accredited Certified Professional Engineer s. Orbital Sciences Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) — these employees rake in $145K annually.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Project Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $97K. Engineering Design is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; nearly one in four of Orbital Sciences Corporation's people use it regularly. Other skills in demand are Microsoft Office, Matlab, and Systems Engineering.

Benefits and Perks

The vast majority of workers participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Almost all workers can count on health insurance, and a strong majority of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Orbital Sciences Corporation also dishes out privileges such as a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Key Stats

20 %
80 %
$43,278 - $91,457
$71,270 - $113,091
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

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