Average Salary for Stanford University Employees

Operating out of Stanford, Calif., Stanford University employs talent in positions ranging from Administrative Associate to Postdoctoral Research Associate. Stanford University employees typically bring home $72K per year. Stanford University paychecks are largely negotiated based on your city, though your role at the company and your experience level are also considered. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Employer: Stanford University
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Administrative Associate (7)
$38,057 - $76,510  
[-]Administrative Associate (7)
Salary$38,971 - $74,416  
Bonus$110.96 - $4,870  
Total Pay$38,057 - $76,510  
[+]Postdoctoral Research Associate (6)
$38,614 - $64,338  
[+]Postdoctoral Research Associate (6)
Salary$37,924 - $62,557  
Total Pay$38,614 - $64,338  
[+]Research Assistant, Medical (4)
$28,855 - $54,557  
[+]Research Assistant, Medical (4)
Salary$31,145 - $53,798  
Total Pay$28,855 - $54,557  
[+]Software Engineer (3)
$59,602 - $148,986  
[+]Software Engineer (3)
Salary$64,265 - $136,287  
Total Pay$59,602 - $148,986  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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About This Company

450 Serra Mall
Stanford, California 94305


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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($136K annually) can be spotted in Menlo Park; San Jose ($103K), Sunnyvale ($88K), and San Francisco (about $82K) are the next top-paying cities. Monterey is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging around $48K.


Professors earn the highest median pay at approximately $122K, followed by Senior Financial Analysts (around $109K), Software Engineers ($102K), and Administrative Associates ($56K). Postdoctoral Research Associates at Stanford University do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($48K) at the company.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make approximately $49K. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years tend to make about $67K. A typical employee has 10-19 years of experience and earns $105K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Physician Assistant-Certifieds are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $125K. Registered Nurses also rank high on the pay scale, with expected earnings of approximately $121K annually. The best paid folks at Stanford University have a medical degree, earning around $165K per year.


In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $115K. A relatively widespread skill at Stanford University is Microsoft Office; close to an eighth of employees use it for work. Many workers usually know Data Analysis, Molecular Biology, and Research Analysis as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to employee benefits, Stanford University has room for improvement — only one in three workers are paid for vacation and sick time. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. A strong majority of workers receive health insurance, and the greater part of workers get dental coverage. Other privileges include tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and gym membership.

Key Stats for Stanford University


54 %
46 %
$48,254 - $97,338
$40,547 - $115,929
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 31 votes.

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