When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($138K annually) can be spotted in Menlo Park, Calif.; Redwood City, Calif. (around $100K), San Francisco, Calif. ($84K), and Washington, DC (about $83K) are the next top-paying cities. Stanford, Calif. ranks low on the pay scale — at approximately $73K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of District of Columbia; salaries there average to $83K per year.
Clinical Research Nurses earn the highest median pay at approximately $110K annually, followed by Non-Profit Program Managers ($76K), Research Associates ($73K), and Research Administrators (around $71K). Research Scientists make an average $50K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of about $83K per year. The greater proportion of employees (33 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $66K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Basic Life Support Specialists earn $125K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Registered Nurses with credentials; these people earn approximately $112K annually on average. Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) make the most here, hauling in $160K per year.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be People Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of around $102K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Stanford University is Project Management; a little less than one-fifth of employees use it for work. Other skills in demand are Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Clinical Research.
Benefits and Perks
The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only one in three survey participants. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. At Stanford University, a large number of survey participants have health insurance, and a large number of respondents have dental coverage. The list of perks also includes tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and a casual working environment.