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 $73K annually. Your role at the company is the biggest factor affecting pay for Stanford University workers, followed by how long you've been working and where you live. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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450 Serra Mall
Stanford, California 94305


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Software Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at approximately $111K per year — though Software Developers, Clinical Research Coordinators, and Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators also do fairly well at $110K, $65K, and about $62K, respectively. Near the bottom at Stanford University are Postdoctoral Research Associates, pulling in an average of just $49K.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $55K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Stanford University folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average $67K per year.


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

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Clinical Nurse Specialist certainly has its perks — salaries approach $138K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Becoming a Physician Assistant-Certified can certainly pay off here; those folks make $125K on average. Stanford University compensates medical degree-holders the most at about $165K annually.


In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $94K per year. Data Analysis also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; about an eighth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Microsoft Office, Clinical Research, and Microsoft Excel were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only 31 percent. With an eye toward the future, Stanford University offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Stanford University provides health insurance to the vast majority of workers, and a large number of respondents do receive dental coverage. Perks also include tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and gym membership.

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$40,268 - $111,288
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