Member of Technical Staff, Applied Researchers rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $164K per year; Research and Development Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to approximately $105K, while Electrical Engineers and Senior Mechanical Engineers rank near the top as well ($103K and about $102K, respectively). On the lower end are Senior Technical Writers at $86K on average.
Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $86K annually on average. Survey participants who have worked at Sandia National Laboratories for between five and 10 years earn $98K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (28 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and make $101K annually on average.
Residents of Livermore, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $108K per year; other top-paying cities include San Francisco, Calif. (around $99K) and Albuquerque, N.M. (approximately $96K). Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of $104K annually) in California.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Engineer in Trainings, who make approximately $109K per year. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt is rewarded with median pay of $97K annually. Sandia National Laboratories compensates Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE)-holders the most at $130K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Systems Engineering; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $127K annually. Engineering Design also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; slightly less than one-fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers are also familiar with Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Matlab.
Benefits and Perks
The company pays out both vacation time and sick leave for only half of respondents. Almost all survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Nearly all employees have health insurance, and benefits for the vast majority of survey participants also include dental insurance. Employees can also look forward to flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.