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Average Salary for Sandia National Laboratories Employees

It is not unusual for people who work at Sandia National Laboratories to earn generous salaries — average pay comes to $95K annually. How long you've been working is the biggest factor affecting pay for Sandia National Laboratories workers, followed by your role at the company and your city. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Sandia National Laboratories typically pays:
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Employer: Sandia National Laboratories
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[-]Electrical Engineer (7)
$75,435 - $143,889  
[-]Electrical Engineer (7)
Salary$73,286 - $155,014  
Bonus$790 - $8,485  
Total Pay$75,435 - $143,889  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (5)
$64,871 - $124,576  
[+]Mechanical Engineer (5)
Salary$62,744 - $123,129  
Bonus$591 - $8,615  
Total Pay$64,871 - $124,576  
[+]Senior Mechanical Engineer (3)
$85,968 - $123,818  
[+]Senior Mechanical Engineer (3)
Salary$82,234 - $120,925  
Bonus$814 - $6,336  
Total Pay$85,968 - $123,818  
[+]Research and Development Engineer (3)
$65,029 - $124,741  
[+]Research and Development Engineer (3)
Salary$64,728 - $121,229  
Total Pay$65,029 - $124,741  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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Years of Experience

For those with at least five years experience, pay generally amounts to approximately $97K. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $86K. For the most part, a representative employee at Sandia National Laboratories has been working for 20 years or more and makes about $100K per year.


The highest average salaries go to Senior Research Scientists, who bring in close to $114K, though Research and Development Engineers are not far behind at around $105K along with Electrical Engineers ($103K) and Senior Mechanical Engineers (approximately $102K). At $80K, Postdoctoral Research Associates are among the lowest paid at Sandia National Laboratories.


The highest pay by state can be found in New Mexico, where salaries average out at $95K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach around $92K for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Sandia National Laboratories workers who hold a Doctorate (PhD), Physics are also well compensated, earning $110K on average.


Employees who count C++ among their skills tend to enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is about $113K. Folks here also tend to know Engineering Design; on the survey, just under one-fifth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Other top skills include Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Material Science.

Benefits and Perks

Merely one-half of workers at Sandia National Laboratories earn paid vacation and paid sick time. To plan for old age, nearly all workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. For almost all employees, benefits include health insurance, and almost all workers get dental coverage, too. Some other perks are flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats

28 %
72 %
$54,710 - $88,959
$61,185 - $110,020
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

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