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. Stanford University pays its employees $73K annually on average. Your role at the company plays the largest role in compensation at Stanford University, but how long you've been working and geography affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. 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 earn the highest median pay at approximately $111K per year, followed by Software Developers ($110K), Associate College Admissions Directors ($80K), and Clinical Research Coordinators (around $65K). On the lower end are Postdoctoral Research Associates at about $49K on average.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $55K annually. The largest fraction of Stanford University people (30 percent) have been working for five to nine years and earn about $69K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($94K annually) can be spotted in San Jose, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. ($85K), Palo Alto, Calif. (around $75K), and the company's headquarter city of Stanford, Calif. (approximately $67K) are the next top-paying cities.

Certifications and Degrees

Clinical Nurse Specialists receive bigger paychecks ($138K per year) than those without credentials. Physician Assistant-Certifieds also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $125K annually. Those with a medical degree at Stanford University come out on top, and their salaries approach 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 approximately $95K annually. Data Analysis is a popular skill among Stanford University workers, with around one in eight of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Budget Management.

Benefits and Perks

Only a third of survey participants enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Almost all respondents can count on health insurance, and most workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Other privileges include tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and gym membership.

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Key Stats for Stanford University


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38 %
$48,311 - $97,335
$40,134 - $112,640
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20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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