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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 Graduate Student Researcher. Employees at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) make $52K annually on average. Your role at the company primarily drives compensation; however, how long you've been working and geography are also reported as secondary influences on salary at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of California, San Diego (UCSD) typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Research Associate (Unspecified Type) (20)
$36,923 - $56,766  
[-]Research Associate (Unspecified Type) (20)
Salary$38,246 - $57,704  
Total Pay$36,923 - $56,766  
[+]Administrative Assistant (14)
$33,699 - $74,226  
[+]Administrative Assistant (14)
Salary$33,845 - $64,557  
Total Pay$33,699 - $74,226  
[+]Graduate Student Researcher (10)
$20,537 - $31,510  
[+]Graduate Student Researcher (10)
Salary$20,537 - $31,510  
Total Pay$20,537 - $31,510  
[+]Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education (8)
$71,545 - $255,609  
[+]Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education (8)
Salary$69,184 - $232,793  
Bonus$1,992 - $45,359  
Total Pay$71,545 - $255,609  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 333

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9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, California 92093


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Professors represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $128K per year — though Programmer Analysts, Research Scientists, and Postdoctoral Research Associates also do fairly well at around $82K, $78K, and $48K, respectively. Near the bottom at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are Graduate Student Researchers, pulling in an average of just $26K.

Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $55K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of University of California, San Diego (UCSD) employees (31 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $42K per year on average.


Residents of San Francisco, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $108K annually; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of La Jolla, Calif. (approximately $71K) and San Diego, Calif. ($55K).

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach around $143K per year for American Board of Internal Medicine Members; non-accredited workers make much less. American Board of Pediatrics with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at about $132K annually. The best paid folks at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Computer Science (CS), earning $108K per year.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Data Analysis; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $64K annually. Project Management is a popular skill among University of California, San Diego (UCSD) workers, with approximately one-eighth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Research Analysis, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Research are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

Merely 36 percent at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) earn paid vacation and paid sick time. For nearly all respondents, benefits include health insurance, and the vast majority of respondents get dental coverage, too. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and defined contribution (dc) retirement plan.

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


66 %
34 %
$35,000 - $74,972
$34,996 - $98,196
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.
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