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. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) pays its employees $53K per year on average. Your role at the company plays the largest role in compensation at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), but your city and your experience level affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. 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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Professors earn the highest median pay at $116K annually, followed by Programmer Analysts (around $82K), Research Scientists ($78K), and Postdoctoral Research Associates ($50K). Earning only about $26K on average, Graduate Student Researchers make less than most people in the company.


Residents of San Francisco, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is approximately $108K per year; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of La Jolla, Calif. ($70K) and San Diego, Calif. (around $56K).

Years of Experience

Average pay is approximately $55K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (31 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $42K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

American Board of Internal Medicine Members are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $225K annually. On average, salaries rise to about $132K per year for accredited Pediatric Advanced Life Support Specialists. The best paid folks at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have a Doctorate (PhD), earning $77K annually.


Employees who count People Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $78K per year. A relatively widespread skill at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is Data Analysis; approximately one in seven of employees use it for work. Project Management, Research Analysis, and Clinical Research are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only 37 percent. Almost all employees have health insurance, and benefits for the vast majority of respondents also include dental insurance. Some other perks are a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and defined contribution (dc) retirement plan.

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


66 %
34 %
$34,119 - $75,772
$34,725 - $97,459
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 196 votes.
$32,344 - $72,497
$46,000 - $115,700

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