NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Benefits

79 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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  • Health Insurance(19 comments)

    Benefits are so great but not the best place to work if you aren't an engineer or scientist.

  • Retirement Plan(11 comments)

    Generous retirement benefit. Overall a great place to work.

  • Vacation & Paid Time Off(7 comments)

    The vacation time &Paid Time Off is longer than regular company. The worst part is the accrual time amount is limited

May 30, 2021
Current Business Analyst in Pasadena, CA, California

Overall the benefit package is good. The tuition reimbursement is above average. The health insurance options fit most needs.

Apr 28, 2021
Former Employee

Great benefits - medical, time off, etc.

Apr 19, 2021
Former Systems Engineer in South Pasadena, CA, California

Great benefits compared to 95% of companies.

Apr 6, 2021
Current Employee

Generous benefits and alternate work week schedule.

Apr 19, 2021
Current Employee

Good health insurance coverage, eye dental etc

Mar 17, 2021
Current Employee

Relatively standard. Given the size and connection with Caltech, I expected more affordable medical premiums. The plans are all pricy, even HMO plans. Depending on the category of work, work from home is prevalent and accepted.

Mar 8, 2021
Current Employee

Benefits are fairly basic. If you are considered "key staff" above a certain pay threshold, they contribute to a 403b plan for you rather than provide matching.

Feb 11, 2021
Current Employee

403b, wellness, time off , sick time

Feb 12, 2021
Current Employee

Best benefit is probably the work schedule 9/80

May 31, 2021
Current Employee

Great benefits/403B contributions! Health benefits are good.

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Benefits Summary

List based on reports from current and former employees. It may not be complete.

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Insurance, Health & Wellness

Financial & Retirement

  • Pension Plan
  • 401K Plan (49)
  • Retirement Plan (54)
  • 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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