Average Salary for Sandia National Laboratories Employees

Sandia National Laboratories workers are not strangers to large paychecks, where average earnings swell to $94K annually. How long you've been working is the biggest factor affecting pay for Sandia National Laboratories workers, followed by what you do at the company and where you live. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Sandia National Laboratories typically pays:
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Employer: Sandia National Laboratories
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
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[-]Electrical Engineer (7)
$74,276 - $145,835  
[-]Electrical Engineer (7)
Salary$73,064 - $141,941  
Bonus$730 - $9,851  
Total Pay$74,276 - $145,835  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (5)
$65,070 - $124,561  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (5)
Salary$63,633 - $117,077  
Bonus$659 - $9,167  
Total Pay$65,070 - $124,561  
[+]Senior Mechanical Engineer (4)
$79,850 - $124,139  
[+]Senior Mechanical Engineer (4)
Salary$78,732 - $124,342  
Bonus$769 - $6,680  
Total Pay$79,850 - $124,139  
[+]Research and Development Engineer (3)
$65,546 - $122,699  
[+]Research and Development Engineer (3)
Salary$62,900 - $120,797  
Total Pay$65,546 - $122,699  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $96K. The largest slice of the Sandia National Laboratories workforce (27 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns $86K per year.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Senior Research Scientists, Research and Development Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Senior Mechanical Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at approximately $114K, the other salaries come in at $105K, around $103K, and $99K, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at Sandia National Laboratories are Postdoctoral Research Associates — typical salaries for this role approach approximately $80K.


Residents of San Francisco pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $103K annually; other top-paying cities include Livermore (around $95K) and Albuquerque ($95K). By state, Sandia National Laboratories employees make the most in New Mexico, earning $95K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to $92K for Project Management Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Becoming a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt can certainly pay off here; those folks make approximately $70K. It pays to have a Doctorate (PhD), Physics at Sandia National Laboratories — these employees make the most at around $110K annually.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Material Science among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $105K. A relatively widespread skill at Sandia National Laboratories is Engineering Design; slightly less than one-fifth of employees use it for work. A typical employee's toolkit also contains Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Systems Engineering.

Benefits and Perks

Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only one-half of workers. A 401(k) program is available, and almost all employees use it to save for retirement. Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of workers and dental coverage for almost all workers. The list of perks also includes flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Sandia National Laboratories


28 %
72 %
$54,914 - $88,631
$61,262 - $109,570
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

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