Average Salary for Sandia National Laboratories Employees

Salaries are high at Sandia National Laboratories, with the median employee bringing home $95K per year. For the most part, employee paychecks at Sandia National Laboratories fluctuate depending on your job title; your experience level and your city also matter, but to a lesser degree. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Bringing in the most money are Member of Technical Staff, Applied Researchers — their earnings average $164K annually. Senior Systems Engineers are a close second at $123K along with Senior Electrical Engineers (about $108K) and Research and Development Engineers (approximately $105K). On the lower end are Senior Technical Writers at $86K on average.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $87K per year on average. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $98K annually. The largest fraction of Sandia National Laboratories people (28 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and earn approximately $101K per year on average.


Residents of Livermore, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is around $108K annually; other top-paying cities include San Francisco, Calif. (about $99K) and Albuquerque, N.M. ($96K). Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of $103K per year) in California.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to approximately $109K annually for Engineer in Trainings, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Becoming a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $97K on average. The best paid folks at Sandia National Laboratories have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME), earning $105K per year.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Systems Engineering; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $119K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Sandia National Laboratories is Engineering Design, with close to a fifth considering it a key competency. Three more common skills are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Research Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-half of respondents enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. Almost all workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). The vast majority of respondents can count on health insurance, and the vast majority of employees have dental coverage as a benefit. Employees can also look forward to flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

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