Average Salary for University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Employees

Operating out of La Jolla, Calif., University of California, San Diego (UCSD) employs talent in positions ranging from Programmer Analyst to Academic Counselor. A salary of $57K per year is the median rate at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). University of California, San Diego (UCSD) paychecks are largely negotiated based on your role at the company, though your experience level and your city are also considered. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, California 92093


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Programmer Analysts are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $86K annually; Clinical Research Managers, Research Scientists, and Senior Research Associates also rank near the top of the list, pulling in around $63K, $62K, and about $58K, respectively. With salaries averaging $45K, Academic Counselors are among the lowest paid at University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $59K per year. The largest slice of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) workforce (32 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, $49K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Cisco Certified Network Associate certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $81K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Earning a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $60K annually on average. Employees who have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) make the most here, hauling in $68K per year.


In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $58K annually. Folks here also tend to know Clinical Research; on the survey, around a sixth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Other top skills include Data Analysis, Operations Management, and Molecular Biology.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky few (38 percent) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 403(b) plan, a 401(k) plan, and a company pension plan. Almost all survey participants receive health insurance, and the vast majority of respondents get dental coverage. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) folks also make good use of defined contribution (dc) retirement plan and a casual working environment.

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