Average Salary for Argonne National Laboratory Employees

Based in Chicago, Ill.,research & development player Argonne National Laboratory offers many employment opportunities, including Nuclear Engineer and Principal Mechanical Engineer positions. Pay is high at Argonne National Laboratory where employees can expect to earn an average of $92K annually. How long you've been working plays the largest role in compensation at Argonne National Laboratory, but geography and your job title affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Argonne National Laboratory Median Salary by Job


Nuclear Engineer
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Principal Mechanical Engineer
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Mechanical Engineer
2 profiles

United States (change)

Postdoctoral Research Associate
2 profiles

Linux System Administrator
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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 35
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About This Company

Chicago, Illinois 

Research & Development, Biotechnology

Source: Freebase

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $72K per year. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $71K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (43 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make approximately $103K per year on average.


Residents of Naperville, Ill. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $119K annually; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of Chicago, Ill. ($106K) and Lemont, Ill. (around $81K).


Principal Mechanical Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $124K per year on average; Senior Electrical Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to $121K, followed by Nuclear Engineers earning about $105K and Mechanical Engineers making approximately $95K.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals receive bigger paychecks ($143K annually) than those without credentials. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified Six Sigma Green Belts with credentials; these people earn around $96K per year on average. Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) make the most here, hauling in approximately $128K annually.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Technical Analysis; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $126K per year. Project Management is regularly seen around here; close to a third of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Engineering Design, Microsoft Word, and Linux round out the set of key employee skills.


Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Although the firm compensates a little more than half of workers for sick days, it only pays two-fifths of survey participants for vacation time. Argonne National Laboratory provides health insurance to most employees, and a large number of workers do receive dental coverage. Argonne National Laboratory folks also make good use of 401(a), life insurance, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

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Key Stats for Argonne National Laboratory


19 %
81 %
$65,436 - $124,115

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$68,250 - $121,500
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

Popular Locations for Argonne National Laboratory

  1. Chicago, Illinois
  2. Lemont, Illinois
  3. Naperville, Illinois

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