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Average Salary for Sandia National Laboratories Employees

Sandia National Laboratories offers hefty wages with the average worker making $95K per year. At Sandia National Laboratories, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is your experience level — it impacts salary more than anything else — though what you do at the company and your city each factor into the equation as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Sandia National Laboratories typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Similar companies include:
Air Force Research Laboratory, Intel Corporation
Employer: Sandia National Laboratories
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Years of Experience

Average pay is around $98K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (30 percent) have been working for one to four years and make about $87K per year on average.


Senior Electrical Engineers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $108K annually; Research and Development Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Senior Mechanical Engineers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $105K, $102K, and approximately $99K, respectively. Earning only $86K on average, Senior Technical Writers make less than most people in the company.


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

Certifications and Degrees

Engineer in Trainings receive bigger paychecks (around $109K per year) than those without credentials. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Project Management Professionals with credentials; these people earn $97K annually on average. Employees who have a Doctorate (PhD) make the most here, hauling in $106K per year.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Data Analysis; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of about $110K annually. Folks here also tend to know Engineering Design; on the survey, a little less than a fifth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Some other standard skills here are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Matlab.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky few (half of survey participants) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. The vast majority of employees save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. At Sandia National Laboratories, nearly all workers have health insurance, and nearly all survey participants have 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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