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Average Salary for Sandia National Laboratories Employees

People who work for Sandia National Laboratories earn excellent salaries of around $95K annually on average. How long you've been working is the biggest factor affecting pay for Sandia National Laboratories workers, followed by your job title and your city. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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How This Employer Pays

Sandia National Laboratories typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
at market
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Employer: Sandia National Laboratories
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Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $98K per year. The largest fraction of Sandia National Laboratories people (30 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $87K annually on average.


Bringing in the most money are Senior Electrical Engineers — their earnings average $108K per year. Research and Development Engineers are a close second at about $105K along with Electrical Engineers (approximately $102K) and Senior Mechanical Engineers (around $99K). On the lower end are Senior Technical Writers at $86K on average.


Residents of San Francisco, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is approximately $99K annually; other top-paying cities include Albuquerque, N.M. (around $95K) and Livermore, Calif. (about $95K). By state, Sandia National Laboratories employees make the most in California, earning $96K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Engineer in Trainings earn $109K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Acquiring certification to be a Project Management Professional is rewarded with median pay of $97K per year. Sandia National Laboratories compensates Doctorate (PhD)-holders the most at $106K annually.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Data Analysis; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of around $110K per year. Engineering Design is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; slightly less than one-fifth of Sandia National Laboratories' people use it regularly. Many workers are also familiar with Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Matlab.

Benefits and Perks

Merely half of survey participants at Sandia National Laboratories earn paid vacation and paid sick time. Almost all workers report contributing to a 401(k). Nearly all employees receive health insurance, and the vast majority of respondents get dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Sandia National Laboratories


28 %
72 %
$68,251 - $93,603
$67,536 - $108,223
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 24 votes.
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