Average Salary for Sandia National Laboratories Employees

Average salaries for Sandia National Laboratories workers verge on the six figures ($94K). Though your experience level and where you live are influential salary factors for those at Sandia National Laboratories, your role at the company turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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The highest paychecks go to Member of Technical Staff, Applied Researchers, who earn an average $139K per year, closely trailed by Senior Systems Engineers ($123K), Software Engineers (about $111K), and Senior Electrical Engineers (approximately $110K). Project Control Analysts make an average $76K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Years of Experience

Average pay is around $105K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest slice of the Sandia National Laboratories workforce (28 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, approximately $83K per year.


Residents of San Francisco, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is around $113K annually; other top-paying cities include Livermore, Calif. ($111K) and Albuquerque, N.M. (about $97K). By state, California offers the highest pay at $111K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Engineer in Trainings earn $115K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. It pays to have a Doctorate (PhD) at Sandia National Laboratories — these employees make the most at around $133K per year.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Systems Engineering; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $121K annually. A garden variety skill at Sandia National Laboratories is Project Management; just under a third of Sandia National Laboratories' people use it regularly. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Engineering Design, Matlab, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at Sandia National Laboratories can sometimes lack paid time off; 43 percent get paid vacation days, and one in three respondents receive paid sick leave. Nearly all employees participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Perks cover health insurance for almost all workers and dental coverage for nearly all survey participants. Other privileges include a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

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