Clinical Research Nurses are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $110K per year; Research Associates, Research Administrators, and Clinical Research Coordinators also rank near the top of the list, pulling in approximately $79K, $71K, and about $65K, respectively. Near the bottom at Stanford University are Research Scientists, pulling in an average of just around $50K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($125K annually) can be spotted in Menlo Park, Calif.; Redwood City, Calif. (around $100K), Washington, DC (about $83K), and San Francisco, Calif. ($83K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Stanford, Calif. — at $73K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of $83K per year) in District of Columbia.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of approximately $82K annually. The largest fraction of Stanford University people (32 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $64K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Basic Life Support Specialists, who make approximately $125K annually. Registered Nurses also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $115K per year. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); Stanford University awards about $160K to these degree-holders.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be People Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $101K annually. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; slightly less than one-fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Clinical Research, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in three workers enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. Stanford University helps its workers sock away funds for retirement, offering plans such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Nearly all survey participants can count on health insurance, and most employees have dental coverage as a benefit. Additional benefits of working here are tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and a casual working environment.