Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) cares about its employees, and this is evident through the abundance of benefits—both tangible and intangible—available.

Performance and Pay Program

Our compensation philosophy is to pay competitively in the markets in which we compete and to recognize and reward employee performance.

Total Compensation Estimator

Comprehensive Health Plans

Competitive benefits packages include Medical, Dental and Vision plans.


Full time employees accrue 15 vacation days, earned proportionately per pay period. The accrual rate increases after ten, fifteen and twenty years of service. Sick leave is accrued per pay period; approximately 96 hours per year. Up to twelve paid holidays are granted each year.

Life Insurance

Employer-paid life insurance is provided equivalent to one year's salary ($400,000 maximum) and $100,000 business travel insurance (accidental death coverage).

Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program

Provides eligible employees an opportunity to voluntarily donate accrued vacation leave to support colleagues who have exhausted their paid leave balances due to their own serious illness/injury or in caring for a seriously ill/injured eligible family member.

Supplemental Disability Insurance

This employee-paid plan is designed to provide up to 70% income replacement for employees who are unable to work due to a medical condition.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

This employee-paid plan provides up to $500,000 in coverage.

Legal Insurance

This employee-paid plan is designed to help you with preventative, domestic, consumer and defensive legal services and includes credit monitoring and id theft protection.

Flexible Spending Account

Plans that allow you to pay on a pretax, salary reduction basis for eligible dependent care expenses or health care expenses not covered by your medical, dental, or vision plans.

401(k) with Company Contributions

Employees are automatically enrolled to contribute 6% of earnings into the 401(k) plan. The contribution amount can be canceled or changed at any time. A 100% employer matching contribution up to 6% is provided. In addition, there is an automatic employer contribution to the 401(k) plan based on years of service: 3.5% for 0-9 years of service, 4.5% for 10-19 years of service and 5.5% for 20+ years of service.

Tuition Reimbursement

Reimbursement is provided for tuition paid to regionally accredited colleges and universities for individual courses and for certificate and degree programs, as approved by the individual's manager and the Education Assistance Program.

Leadership Training

Leadership training programs are offered to managers, supervisors and program leaders.

On-line Learning: Anytime, Anywhere

Access to online courses, digital books, & videos.

Livermore Laboratory Employee Services Association (LLESA)

Fee-based programs include an on-site fitness club (including a gym and more than 30 group exercise classes each week), on-site massage services, an off-site premier child care program and an online LLNL logo wear store. Free on-site programs include caregiver and parent education presentations, author presentations, networking group activities, various health education activities (e.g., Maintain No Gain and Run for HOME 5K run), access to recreation facilities such as basketball and volleyball courts and a local discount program. Free on-site services include: notary public, personal document shredding day and passport processing day. Free on-site events include: quarterly blood drives, seasonal farmers markets, music events, an annual vehicle show, shopping events, Bike to Work Day and Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.