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Average Salary for Stanford University Employees

Operating out of Stanford, Calif., Stanford University employs talent in positions ranging from Postdoctoral Research Associate to Administrative Associate. The median income for Stanford University employees is $71K per year. Your role at the company is the biggest factor affecting pay for Stanford University workers, followed by your experience level and your city. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Stanford University typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: Stanford University
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About This Company

450 Serra Mall
Stanford, California 94305


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The highest average salaries go to Software Engineers, who bring in close to approximately $111K annually, though Software Developers are not far behind at $110K along with Information Technology Support Analysts (around $84K) and Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators ($62K). On the lower end are Postdoctoral Research Associates at about $49K on average.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $54K per year. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $65K annually. The largest slice of the Stanford University workforce (28 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $103K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $94K annually) can be spotted in San Jose, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. (approximately $85K), Palo Alto, Calif. (about $72K), and the company's headquarter city of Stanford, Calif. ($64K) are the next top-paying cities. Sunnyvale, Calif. ranks low on the pay scale — at about $50K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities.

Certifications and Degrees

Clinical Nurse Specialists receive bigger paychecks ($138K per year) than those without credentials. Physician Assistant-Certifieds also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $125K annually. It pays to have a medical degree at Stanford University — these employees make the most at approximately $165K per year.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of around $94K annually. Data Analysis also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; approximately one-eighth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to know Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Clinical Research.

Benefits and Perks

Only 31 percent enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. Workers who save for retirement get lots of help because the company offers a number of savings programs including a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Most workers report having health insurance, and a large number of employees report having dental coverage. Stanford University folks also make good use of tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and gym membership.

Key Stats for Stanford University


57 %
43 %
$47,626 - $92,383
$39,799 - $114,566
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
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