Average Salary for Stanford University Employees

Operating out of Stanford, Calif., Stanford University employs talent in positions ranging from Research Scientist to Non-Profit Program Manager. Stanford University pays its employees $79K annually on average. Where you live is the biggest factor affecting pay for Stanford University workers, followed by what you do at the company and how long you've been working. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Stanford University Median Salary by Job


Research Scientist
8 profiles

Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
6 profiles

Information Technology (IT) Manager
5 profiles

United States (change)

Research Associate (Unspecified Type)
5 profiles

Postdoctoral Research Associate
5 profiles

Research Administrator
5 profiles

Education Program Manager
4 profiles

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 305
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About This Company

450 Serra Mall
Stanford, California 94305


Source: Freebase


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $138K per year) can be spotted in Menlo Park, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. ($85K), Palo Alto, Calif. (around $84K), and Washington, DC ($83K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at approximately $69K) is Fremont, Calif. By state, Stanford University employees make the most in District of Columbia, earning $83K annually on average.


Information Technology Managers earn the highest median pay at about $103K per year, followed by Non-Profit Program Managers (around $78K), Research Associates (approximately $73K), and Research Administrators ($71K). Earning only $51K on average, Postdoctoral Research Associates make less than most people in the company.

Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $83K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (34 percent) have been working for one to four years and make around $66K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Chemotherapy Certifications have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $127K annually. Becoming a Basic Life Support Specialist can certainly pay off here; those folks make $125K on average. Employees who have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) make the most here, hauling in about $158K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be People Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of approximately $101K annually. Project Management is a popular skill in the Stanford University workforce; just under one in five of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Key skills also include Data Analysis, Clinical Research, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

The company is somewhat lacking in the benefits department, and only a third of survey participants report compensation for sick days and vacation time. Stanford University helps its workers sock away funds for retirement, offering plans such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Nearly all workers receive health insurance, and a large number of employees get dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and a casual working environment.

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Key Stats for Stanford University


64 %
36 %
$50,377 - $99,881
$49,430 - $117,833

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$48,013 - $95,628
$50,957 - $103,905
$52,320 - $114,705
$48,788 - $73,698
$58,365 - $103,500

Popular Locations for Stanford University

  1. Palo Alto, California
  2. Stanford, California
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. San Jose, California
  5. Menlo Park, California
  6. Washington, District of Columbia
  7. Fremont, California

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