Member of Technical Staff, Applied Researchers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $139K per year — though Senior Systems Engineers, Senior Electrical Engineers, and Electrical Engineers also do fairly well at about $120K, approximately $108K, and around $104K, respectively. Financial compensation for Senior Technical Writers is rather low — on average only $86K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $103K annually. Overall, the greater share of Sandia National Laboratories folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average around $87K per year.
Residents of Livermore, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $111K annually; other top-paying cities include San Francisco, Calif. ($99K) and Albuquerque, N.M. (approximately $98K). The highest pay by state can be found in California, where salaries average out at $104K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Engineer in Trainings receive bigger paychecks (about $113K annually) than those without credentials. Acquiring certification to be a Certified ScrumMaster is rewarded with median pay of $100K per year. Employees who have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) make the most here, hauling in $112K annually.
In this position, it pays to have Systems Engineering in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $116K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at Sandia National Laboratories is Project Management, with just under one in four considering it a key competency. Other top skills include Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Matlab.
Benefits and Perks
One-half of respondents have paid vacation, and only about 38 percent can take paid time off for illness. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Sandia National Laboratories provides an optional 401(k) plan, and nearly all respondents participate. Health insurance is part of the package for nearly all employees, and for almost all employees, dental coverage is too. Sandia National Laboratories also dishes out privileges such as flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.