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Average Salary for Stanford University Employees

Operating out of Stanford, California, Stanford University employs talent in positions ranging from Administrative Associate to Medical Research Assistant. A typical Stanford University employee can expect to make $70K annually. The most important factor affecting pay for Stanford University employees is geography, though your job title and how long you've been working play a role as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

Stanford University typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: Stanford University
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
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[-]Administrative Associate (7)
$35,672 - $74,738  
[-]Administrative Associate (7)
Salary$38,081 - $74,465  
Bonus$16.15 - $3,587  
Total Pay$35,672 - $74,738  
[+]Research Assistant, Medical (5)
$29,592 - $64,540  
[+]Research Assistant, Medical (5)
Salary$32,106 - $61,776  
Total Pay$29,592 - $64,540  
[+]Postdoctoral Research Associate (5)
$38,395 - $59,781  
[+]Postdoctoral Research Associate (5)
Salary$38,665 - $58,603  
Total Pay$38,395 - $59,781  
[+]Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization (3)
$39,545 - $76,450  
[+]Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization (3)
Salary$40,239 - $75,688  
Total Pay$39,545 - $76,450  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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Stanford University Details

450 Serra Mall
Stanford, California 94305


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Median pay is highest in Menlo Park (approximately $130K per year), followed by San Jose ($120K), Sunnyvale ($88K), and San Francisco (around $74K). Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $48K) is Monterey.


Professors represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $122K — though Senior Financial Analysts, Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, and Administrative Associates also do fairly well at $109K, $62K, and about $57K, respectively. Financial compensation for Postdoctoral Research Associates is rather low — only around $46K — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make $50K. Survey participants who have worked at Stanford University for between five and ten years haul in approximately $65K on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest number of Stanford University employees (30 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and typically earn $96K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Physician Assistant-Certified s are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to approximately $125K. Earning a Registered Nurse certification garners significant financial rewards of $121K per year. The best paid folks at Stanford University have a medical degree, earning about $165K annually.


The best paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $104K. Data Analysis is regularly seen around here; nearly one in eight of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Office, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Research.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky few (a third of workers) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both 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, the greater part of workers have health insurance, and a strong majority of workers have dental coverage. Perks also include tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and gym membership.

Key Stats

56 %
44 %
$47,885 - $92,594
$43,498 - $116,786
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

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