Employment at MIT Lincoln Laboratory brings with it the opportunity to participate in a variety of benefit programs. Benefit programs are reviewed periodically, and as a result, the programs and descriptions provided here are subject to change. More details on the programs can be found at MIT's Employee Benefits site.


  • Medical:  For employees and eligible dependents, available health plans include Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) and Point-of Service (POS) plans.
  • Dental:  Employees can choose a basic or comprehensive PPO dental plan that includes a large network of participating dentists with low out-of-pocket costs.
  • VisionAn optional vision plan defrays costs for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Life Insurance MIT-paid Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000 and optional Supplemental Life Insurance are available to most employees through the Group Life Insurance Plan.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance:  An optional employee-paid plan is available to eligible employees, retirees, their eligible spouses, spousal equivalents, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents, and grandparents-in-law.
  • Long-Term Disability:  This MIT-paid benefit available to eligible employees protects against the loss of income when an employee cannot work because of illness or injury.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts:  Employees can set aside money (up to IRS maximum limit), on a calendar-year basis, that is sheltered from federal, state, and FICA taxes to pay for certain planned medical, dental, and dependent-care expenses.
  • Adoption Assistance Program:  Up to $5000 per finalized adoption is available for eligible expenses. Further details are available.

Retirement Plans

  • Supplemental 401(k) Plan:  A "defined contribution" plan that provides an opportunity for employees to invest for their future through pre-tax contributions. When employees contribute to the 401(k) Plan, MIT will match their contributions up to 5% of their salary. Employees choose how their contributions and MIT's matching contributions are invested.  Employees are vested immediately.
  • Basic Retirement Plan:  A "defined benefit" plan that provides a benefit payable as lifetime, monthly income at retirement. MIT pays the full cost of the Basic Plan and enrollment in the plan is automatic. New employees hired after July 1, 2011, will be required to complete a 3-year vesting period. Service immediately preceding your employment at MIT as a leased employee while working at MIT for a period of at least 1 year can be used as a credit toward the 3-year vesting requirement.

Educational Assistance

  • Tuition Assistance Plan:  Available to help employees obtain, maintain, and improve the skills necessary to develop their careers at MIT by providing financial assistance for qualified courses of study at accredited universities. Plan may provide as much as $5250 per year in tuition costs for approved courses.
  • Children's Scholarship Plan:  The plan provides educational grants for children of employees to attend MIT and, in some cases, accredited universities outside of MIT.
  • Children’s Educational Loans:  Employees may request a loan from MIT to help pay for higher education for eligible dependent children.
  • Lincoln Scholars Program:  For staff members interested in pursuing formal technical graduate programs at either the master's or doctoral level, the Laboratory offers the opportunity to apply for admission to the Lincoln Scholars Program, which enables full-time graduate study at MIT or other approved Boston-area universities.
  • Additional educational opportunities include Lincoln Laboratory's Technical Education Program, Professional Training and Development Program, and Computer Training Program.


  • Vacation:  A competitive vacation program is available to all employees. Detailed information is available at the time of interview.
  • Holidays:  Employees receive 12 paid holidays each year. Details are available upon request.
  • Sick Leave, Extended Sick Leave, and Parental Leave are also available to eligible employees.


A competitive relocation program is available to eligible employees. Details are available at the time of interview.

Additional amenities offered at Lincoln Laboratory

Cafeteria: The Laboratory has onsite food services catered by a local firm.  Breakfast and lunch are available along with coffee, beverages, and snacks.

Fitness Center:  Employees may join an onsite fitness center run by the MIT Athletic Department. The fitness center includes state-of-the-art equipment, as well as locker rooms and showers. A variety of aerobic and fitness classes are also offered.

Transportation:  The Laboratory operates a shuttle service between the Laboratory and MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass. Public transportation is also accessible to and from Lincoln Laboratory.

MIT Federal Credit Union:  All MIT Lincoln Laboratory employees may become members of the MIT Federal Credit Union, which offers savings plans and low-interest loans.

Onsite Library and Information Services: The library at Lincoln Laboratory provides complete information services to facilitate the staff's research. It offers a highly focused and comprehensive collection of technical books, reports, and electronic journals and databases in all Laboratory technology areas. Information specialists with degrees in physics, mathematics, aerospace engineering, and computer science are available to provide training and research support.

Child Care:  The Lincoln Laboratory Childcare Center is an independent, nonprofit child-care center managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions and serving the Laboratory. The Center, located in Lexington, Mass., has programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Back-up Child Care and Elder Care Referral Program:  Benefits-eligible employees have access to this program through Parents in a Pinch.

MIT Activities Committee:  The MIT Activities Committee purchases blocks of tickets which, in turn, are made available to employees at discounted prices.  Activities include popular events, theater productions, and group outings to events throughout the Northeast.


Note: Benefits are available to employees working 50% or more of a full-time work schedule in an eligible classification. However, specific benefits may be affected by working less than 100% time or one year of employment. This site is intended to provide a brief summary of benefits and services. If there is an inconsistency between this site and the plan documents, the plan documents will govern. MIT reserves the right, at its discretion, to modify, change, or revoke any of the plans, programs, practices or policies described here, as MIT may require, with or without notice at any time. Nothing in the guide shall be construed as creating an express or implied obligation on the part of MIT.

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