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. Compensation for University of California, San Diego (UCSD) employees tends to be around $52K per year. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) paychecks are largely negotiated based on your role at the company, though your experience level and where you live are also considered. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Employer: University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Research Associate (Unspecified Type) (18)
$37,576 - $56,376  
[-]Research Associate (Unspecified Type) (18)
Salary$39,041 - $57,704  
Total Pay$37,576 - $56,376  
[+]Administrative Assistant (15)
$34,345 - $62,291  
[+]Administrative Assistant (15)
Salary$30,822 - $61,477  
Total Pay$34,345 - $62,291  
[+]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)
$72,759 - $254,736  
[+]Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education (8)
Salary$68,704 - $245,497  
Bonus$1,980 - $48,002  
Total Pay$72,759 - $254,736  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 328
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9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, California 92093


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Typically, Professors are the best paid with salaries hovering at about $140K; Programmer Analysts, Postdoctoral Research Associates, and Academic Advisors also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $82K, around $48K, and approximately $45K, respectively. Graduate Student Researchers at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($26K) at the company.

Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for between five and ten years earn $55K on average. 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 typically earn $42K annually.


Residents of San Francisco pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $108K per year; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of La Jolla ($69K) and San Diego ($54K).

Certifications and Degrees

American Board of Internal Medicine Members have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at approximately $143K. Pediatric Advanced Life Support Specialists also rank high on the pay scale, with expected earnings of around $132K annually. The best paid folks at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have a medical degree, earning $130K per year.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Data Analysis among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $62K. Research Analysis also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; nearly one-eighth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Other skills in demand are Project Management, Molecular Biology, and Counseling.

Benefits and Perks

Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only 37 percent. Perks cover health insurance for nearly all workers and dental coverage for almost all employees. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, flexible hours, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and life insurance.

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


67 %
33 %
$32,824 - $74,291
$35,683 - $99,828
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 199 votes.
$33,759 - $66,574
$39,839 - $117,709
$46,500 - $73,000

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