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 Scientist to Postdoctoral Research Associate. Compensation for University of California, San Diego (UCSD) employees is around $55K per year on average. Though your job title and geography do impact pay, your experience level is the primary influence on employee salary at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Median Salary by Job


Research Scientist
5 profiles

Senior Research Associate
4 profiles

Registered Nurse (RN)
3 profiles

United States (change)

Academic Counselor
3 profiles

Postdoctoral Research Associate
3 profiles

Information Security Manager
2 profiles

Associate Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
2 profiles

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 99
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Find out more about pay at University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

About This Company

9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, California 92093


Source: Freebase

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make around $52K annually on average. The largest fraction of University of California, San Diego (UCSD) people (32 percent) have been working for five to nine years and earn approximately $55K per year on average.


Programmer Analysts represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $86K annually — though Research Scientists, IT Network Engineers, and Senior Research Associates also do fairly well at $78K, $71K, and $58K, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are Academic Counselors — the median salary for this role approaches around $45K.

Certifications and Degrees

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Specialists are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to approximately $125K per year. Certified Information Systems Security Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $110K annually. Those with an Associate of Science (AS) at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) come out on top, and their salaries approach $88K per year.


When it comes to skills, Cisco Networking seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of about $82K annually. Folks here also tend to know Data Analysis; on the survey, nearly one-sixth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Three more common skills are Clinical Research, Project Management, and Counseling.

Benefits and Perks

A third of survey participants — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan, a 403(b) plan, and a company pension plan. Nearly all survey participants can count on health insurance, and almost all respondents have dental coverage as a benefit. Other privileges include a casual working environment and defined contribution (dc) retirement plan.

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Job Listings

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


58 %
42 %
$37,191 - $71,931
$44,147 - $96,353

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$36,492 - $63,000
$47,752 - $104,718
$50,157 - $108,090

Popular Locations for University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

  1. San Diego, California
  2. La Jolla, California

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