Average Salary for Sandia National Laboratories Employees

People who work for Sandia National Laboratories earn excellent salaries of around $95K per year on average. Though your experience level and where you live are influential salary factors for those at Sandia National Laboratories, your job title turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Earning approximately $164K annually on average, Member of Technical Staff, Applied Researchers receive the most money, followed by Senior Systems Engineers ($123K), Senior Electrical Engineers (around $108K), and Research and Development Engineers ($105K). Senior Technical Writers make an average about $86K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $87K per year on average. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $98K annually. Overall, the greater share of Sandia National Laboratories folks have 20 years or more of experience and earn an average $101K per year.


Residents of Livermore, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $108K annually; other top-paying cities include San Francisco, Calif. (approximately $99K) and Albuquerque, N.M. ($96K). Sandia National Laboratories workers in California earn the most — around $103K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Engineer in Trainings are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to approximately $109K annually. Certified Six Sigma Green Belts with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $97K per year. Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) make the most here, hauling in about $105K annually.


In this position, it pays to have Systems Engineering in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $119K per year. Engineering Design is a popular skill among Sandia National Laboratories workers, with about a fifth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Research Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

The company is somewhat lacking in the benefits department, and only half of respondents report compensation for sick days and vacation time. The vast majority of survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for nearly all survey participants, and the vast majority of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Employees can also look forward to flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for Sandia National Laboratories


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$68,731 - $101,032
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