The Frederick National Laboratory offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that provides choice and flexibility. 

Employee benefit programs are an important part of the total compensation package and the Frederick National Laboratory is committed to providing you with comprehensive benefit options.

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"We’re continuously seeking innovative ways to enhance our benefits programs through diligent design and supportive offerings."
Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D.
Frederick National Laboratory


Health and Wellness

Employees can choose from a variety of programs, including medical, dental, and vision insurance. We also offer group term and supplemental life and accident insurance, and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

Benefits start immediately upon hire. There is no waiting period. 


Employees are given a choice of four medical plans so they can select an option that works best for them and their families. While each plan offers comprehensive coverage for most services, they differ by benefit levels, cost, and flexibility in the choice of providers and facilities. Prescription drug coverage is included when enrolled in any of the medical plans.

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With the dental plan, employees can choose any dentist, in- or out-of-network. Coverage includes most preventive procedures at low or no cost, and referrals are not required. 


Employees have the option to elect comprehensive vision coverage. The plan provides employees access to a broad network of providers.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 

Employees have access to a comprehensive EAP, which provides employees and their family members with free, confidential assistance to help with family, personal, and job-related issues. 

Health club membership 

Employees may receive monthly reimbursement of up to $29 per month for a health club membership.

Retirement and Income Security

Capital Accumulation Plan (The CAP) 

The company sponsors a 401(k) Plan for all eligible full and part-time employees.

Plan features: 

  • The company will match employee contributions, 100 percent of the first 3 percent saved and 50 percent of the next 2 percent. 

  • Pre-tax and Roth after-tax contributions (or a combination of both) are allowed. 

  • Employees who work at least one hour of service vest immediately in their company contributions. 

  • Employees may contribute 1 to 50 percent of their salary on a tax-deferred basis, up to IRS limits. 

Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance 

We provide Basic Term Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance equal to one-time annual salary up to $50,000.  

  • Employees may purchase Optional Life equal to one to five times annual salary up to $700,000. 

  • Employees may purchase coverage for their spouse and/or any children. 

Short-term disability insurance 

After seven days of total disability, or on the first day of hospital confinement of 24 hours or more, or have outpatient surgery in a hospital or surgical setting, employees who enroll will receive 80 percent of their regular weekly salary ($4,000 max. benefit) for the first nine weeks of disability; and 60 percent of their regular weekly salary for the next four weeks. 

Long-term disability insurance 

After 90 days of disability, employees who enroll will receive a monthly benefit equal to 60 percent of their regular monthly base salary, subject to a maximum benefit of $8,500 per month. 

Paid Time-Off


Full time employees have 11 paid holidays per year, four of which are considered floating holidays. Part-time employees receive holiday pay proportionate to their regularly scheduled work week.

  • New Year’s Day 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day * 
  • Presidents Day * 
  • Memorial Day 
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day 
  • Labor Day 
  • Columbus Day * 
  • Veterans Day * 
  • Thanksgiving Day 
  • Christmas Day 

*Floating holidays

Sick leave 

Full-time employees accrue sick leave bi-weekly (up to two weeks per year). It is to be used for non-occupational illnesses or injuries. Part-time employees are eligible for reduced sick leave accruals based on hours paid. Sick leave may also be used for illnesses of your immediate family members that meet the criteria listed in our Sick Leave Policy. 


Full-time employees accrue vacation based on years of service, starting with three weeks of paid vacation time. Part-time employees are eligible for reduced vacation leave accruals based on hours paid. Employees may carry over up to 240 hours at the end of the calendar year.  Hours over 240 hours are paid out to the employee at the end of the calendar year with a maximum of 320 hours. 

Other types of leave 

  • Bereavement 
  • Jury Duty 
  • Military Leave 

Additional Benefits

In addition to health, financial, and leave options, we offer other benefits for employees, including:


Educational Assistance


Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)


Paycheck Direct Deposit


Employee Referral Bonus


Professional Development


Employee Discounts


Credit Union


Service Awards

Onsite Conveniences

Our main locations are split between the Advanced Technology and Research Facility and Fort Detrick, both in Frederick.

Both of our campuses include onsite conveniences for our employees, including:

  • Fitness facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Walking trails
  • Lactation rooms
  • Health clinic
  • Outdoor pavilions

In addition, Fort Detrick has an onsite credit union and commissary.

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Open positions at Frederick National Laboratory

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