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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. An average Stanford University employee can expect to make $71K annually. Though how long you've been working and where you live do impact pay, your job title is the primary influence on employee salary at Stanford University. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Stanford University typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: Stanford University
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Postdoctoral Research Associate (9)
$38,411 - $67,732  
[-]Postdoctoral Research Associate (9)
Salary$38,984 - $66,294  
Total Pay$38,411 - $67,732  
[+]Administrative Associate (8)
$38,066 - $76,897  
[+]Administrative Associate (8)
Salary$39,683 - $74,636  
Bonus$146.03 - $5,475  
Total Pay$38,066 - $76,897  
[+]Software Engineer (4)
$61,387 - $149,886  
[+]Software Engineer (4)
Salary$67,972 - $139,259  
Total Pay$61,387 - $149,886  
[+]Assistant Research Scientist (3)
$42,885 - $78,841  
[+]Assistant Research Scientist (3)
Salary$45,577 - $83,854  
Total Pay$42,885 - $78,841  
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206

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450 Serra Mall
Stanford, California 94305


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Software Engineers earn the highest median pay at $111K per year, followed by Software Developers ($110K), Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators (about $62K), and Administrative Coordinators (approximately $58K). On the lower end are Postdoctoral Research Associates at around $49K on average.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $53K annually. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $67K per year. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Stanford University employees (28 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn approximately $103K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($94K per year) can be spotted in San Jose, Calif.; Sunnyvale, Calif. (about $88K), San Francisco, Calif. (around $85K), and Palo Alto, Calif. ($71K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Stanford, Calif. at $67K.

Certifications and Degrees

Clinical Nurse Specialists receive bigger paychecks (approximately $138K annually) than those without credentials. Acquiring certification to be a Physician Assistant-Certified is rewarded with median pay of $125K per year. Stanford University compensates medical degree-holders the most at about $165K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $96K per year. Data Analysis is a popular skill in the Stanford University workforce; about an eighth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Office, Clinical Research, and Molecular Biology.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky few (31 percent) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. A large number of employees have health insurance, and benefits for most workers also include dental insurance. Stanford University employees also enjoy perks such as tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and gym membership.

Key Stats for Stanford University


57 %
43 %
$46,877 - $91,892
$40,178 - $116,452
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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