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 Research Associate to Academic Counselor. A salary of $55K annually is the median rate at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). For the most part, employee paychecks at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) fluctuate depending on your role at the company; how long you've been working and where you live also matter, but to a lesser degree. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, California 92093


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The highest average salaries go to Programmer Analysts, who bring in close to about $85K per year, though Research Scientists are not far behind at $62K along with Senior Research Associates ($58K) and Student Services Coordinators (around $49K). Earning only $43K on average, Academic Counselors make less than most people in the company.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $49K annually. The greater proportion of employees (32 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of $60K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $100K annually. On average, salaries rise to around $81K per year for accredited Cisco Certified Network Associates. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — these employees rake in about $74K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Research Analysis; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $59K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; roughly one in six consider it a key competency. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Data Analysis, Clinical Research, and Counseling.

Benefits and Perks

Only 35 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for almost all respondents and dental coverage for the vast majority of employees. Additional benefits of working here are life insurance, a casual working environment, and defined contribution (dc) retirement plan.

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Key Stats for University of California, San Diego (UCSD)


60 %
40 %
$39,054 - $75,310
$34,189 - $88,309

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$22,060 - $71,406
$39,026 - $72,387
$20,978 - $63,077
$61,478 - $80,311
$49,515 - $74,268
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