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 $73K annually. Though how long you've been working and your city are influential salary factors for those at Stanford University, your job title turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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450 Serra Mall
Stanford, California 94305


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Software Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $111K per year on average; Software Developers are next on the list, bringing in close to about $110K, followed by Clinical Research Coordinators earning around $65K and Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators making approximately $62K. Earning only $49K on average, Postdoctoral Research Associates make less than most people in the company.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $55K annually. The largest slice of the Stanford University workforce (29 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, $67K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $94K annually) can be spotted in San Jose, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. (around $90K), Palo Alto, Calif. (approximately $74K), and the company's headquarter city of Stanford, Calif. ($69K) are the next top-paying cities.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Clinical Nurse Specialists, who make $138K per year. Becoming a Physician Assistant-Certified can certainly pay off here; those folks make $125K on average. Employees who have a medical degree make the most here, hauling in $165K annually.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Project Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of approximately $94K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at Stanford University is Data Analysis, with about an eighth considering it a key competency. Microsoft Office, Clinical Research, and Microsoft Excel were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to employee benefits, Stanford University has room for improvement — only 31 percent are paid for vacation and sick time. Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. At Stanford University, most workers have health insurance, and most survey participants have dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and gym membership.

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