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

Operating out of La Jolla, California, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) employs talent in positions ranging from Research Associate to Graduate Student Researcher. The average employee at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) takes home $52K per year. For the most part, employee paychecks at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) fluctuate depending on your job title; your experience level and geography also matter, but to a lesser degree. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
at market
Employer: University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Research Associate (Unspecified Type) (17)
$37,384 - $56,766  
[-]Research Associate (Unspecified Type) (17)
Salary$39,103 - $64,012  
Total Pay$37,384 - $56,766  
[+]Administrative Assistant (16)
$34,668 - $61,739  
[+]Administrative Assistant (16)
Salary$31,156 - $61,017  
Total Pay$34,668 - $61,739  
[+]Graduate Student Researcher (10)
$20,537 - $31,510  
[+]Graduate Student Researcher (10)
Salary$20,537 - $31,510  
Total Pay$20,537 - $31,510  
[+]Programmer Analyst (7)
$45,126 - $111,900  
[+]Programmer Analyst (7)
Salary$55,887 - $110,885  
Bonus$415.72 - $6,385  
Total Pay$45,126 - $111,900  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 6 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Details

9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, California 92093


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Professors are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $140K; Programmer Analysts are next on the list, bringing in close to about $82K, followed by Postdoctoral Research Associates earning around $48K and Academic Advisors making $45K. Graduate Student Researchers make $26K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Years of Experience

For employees with five to ten years at the company, wages tend to be at the approximately $55K mark. For the most part, a representative employee at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has been working for one to four years and makes around $42K annually.


Residents of San Francisco pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $108K per year; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of La Jolla (about $69K) and San Diego ($53K).

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to $143K for American Board of Internal Medicine Members, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Pediatric Advanced Life Support Specialists with credentials; these people typically earn approximately $132K annually. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) workers who hold a medical degree are also well compensated, earning $130K on average.


The highest paying skill to have in this role seems to be Data Analysis; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $62K. Research Analysis is a popular skill in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) workforce; nearly one in ten of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Project Management, Counseling, and Molecular Biology.

Benefits and Perks

38 percent — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. Almost all employees receive health insurance, and nearly all workers get dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are a casual working environment, flexible hours, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and life insurance.

Key Stats

67 %
33 %
$32,952 - $74,127
$35,683 - $99,828
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 198 votes.
$34,307 - $67,288
$39,839 - $117,709
$46,500 - $73,000

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