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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Benefits

Location: US
64 Ratings

Employer Summary

JPL is located on 177 acres in beautiful, sunny Southern California. On our campus-like facility tucked away in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, you will enjoy a unique environment of open communication paired with technical rigor. In addition, we offer a flexible 9/80 schedule, 14 paid holidays + 1 personal holiday, vacation and sick time, Employee Assistance Program, Ride Share, affiliated child care centers, free parking, and many more perks unique to JPL.


We know that our people are our greatest asset. JPL offers you a competitive base salary and non-base awards to recognize outstanding performance. We continually study industry markets and conduct an Annual Salary Review (ASR) to ensure your compensation remains competitive over time.

Health & Wellness
JPL offers various HMO and PPO medical, dental, and vision plans to choose from. We also offer Long Term Disability (LTD) coverage and basic life insurance with options to purchase additional coverage. You will find that our wellness programs and incentives, such as an on-site gym, yoga, Tai Chi, and strength classes will leave you feeling healthy and enegerized.

Saving for the Future
Prepare for your future by taking advantage of our generous, immediately vested 403b retirement plan that contributes a percentage of your salary based on your age and years of service. In addition, you and your spouse may be eligible for our Retiree Medical coverage credits if you retire from JPL.

Professional Development

It’s impossible to know everything, but that doesn’t stop us from traying. At JPL, we crave knowledge and we’re always looking for the chance to learn something new. That’s just how we’re wired. We offer tools to help you grow professionally, build your management and leadership capability and strengthen your technical expertise, such as Tuition Reimbursement, online courses, in-person courses, guest speakers, mentoring and more.

Employee Benefit Reviews

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  • May 16, 2020
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Optical Engineer in Pasadena, California

    There are benefits offered to us. (can't leave comment blank)

  • Jun 26, 2020
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Pasadena, California

    Good medical and dental coverage; 401k contribution is relatively low

  • Mar 30, 2020
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Software Engineering in Pasadena, California

    This is an intern program so there are no benefits

  • Jan 11, 2020
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Senior Communications Specialist in Pasadena, California

    The benefits package was awesome! 9/80 work week, with every other Friday off. Great choices for medical and dental insurance. 403(b) employer contribution was the best part of the job!!

  • Dec 30, 2019
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in La Canada Flintridge, California

    JPL provides a good amount of sick/vacation days that scales depending on how long you work.

  • Nov 15, 2019
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Pasadena, California

    Flexible hours and the ability to work offsite

  • Sep 10, 2019
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Mechanical Engineer in Pasadena, California

    It’s comprehensive and very good

  • Aug 22, 2019
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Postdoctoral Associate in Pasadena, California

    Generous benefits package; good insurance coverage; extra benefits for activities external to JPL, car rental, nice and flexible working schedule, etc.

  • Aug 21, 2019
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Pasadena, California

    Great and comprehensive benefits for employees.

  • Jul 19, 2019
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Pasadena, California

    Great benefits all around except for no paid parental leave.

Benefits Summary

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Insurance, Health & Wellness

Financial & Retirement

  • Pension Plan
  • Checkmark401K Plan (41)
  • CheckmarkRetirement Plan (45)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Performance Bonus
  • Stock Options
  • Equity Incentive Plan
  • Supplemental Workers' Compensation
  • Charitable Gift Matching

Family & Parenting

Vacation & Time Off

Perks & Discounts

  • Employee Discount
  • Free Lunch or Snacks
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Gym Membership
  • Commuter Checks & Assistance
  • Pet Friendly Workplace
  • Mobile Phone Discount
  • Company Car
  • Company Social Events
  • Travel Concierge
  • Legal Assistance

Professional Support

  • Diversity Program
  • Job Training
  • Professional Development
  • Apprenticeship Program
  • Tuition Assistance

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