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Best Schools in California By Salary Potential

In addition to the excellent academic reputation of California schools like Stanford and UCLA, the appeal of California's sunny weather and beach-front living has inspired many young students to attend college at one of the state's fine universities. But, does four years of sun pay off with a lifetime of good earning potential? Find out with this list of the best schools in California by salary potential as reported by PayScale.


Methodology
Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 3 years of experience; mid-career have 15.5 years. See full methodology for more.

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Best Schools in California By Salary Potential - Full List
California SchoolsStarting Median SalaryMid-Career Median Salary
Stanford University$70,400$129,000
California Institute of Technology (CIT)$75,500$123,000
Harvey Mudd College$71,800$122,000
University of California, Berkeley$59,900$112,000
Occidental College$51,900$105,000
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo$57,200$101,000
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)$52,600$101,000
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)$51,100$101,000
Pomona College$48,600$101,000
University of Southern California (USC)$54,800$99,600
University of California, Davis$52,300$99,600
University of California, Irvine (UCI)$48,300$96,700
San Jose State University (SJSU)$53,500$95,600
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)$50,500$95,000
California State University (CSU), Chico$47,400$88,100
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)$45,700$87,000
San Francisco State University (SFSU)$47,300$86,400
San Diego State University (SDSU)$46,200$85,200
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)$45,100$84,700
California State University, East Bay (CSUEB)$49,200$84,300
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)$44,700$84,100
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)$47,800$82,400
University of California, Riverside (UCR)$46,800$81,300
California State University, Northridge (CSUN)$45,500$80,400
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)$42,700$72,100
California State University (CSU), Stanislaus$38,000$71,400
Humboldt State University$42,600$71,300
Thomas Aquinas College$41,500$67,500
Methodology
This chart is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees who are full-time employees in the United States. These results may not represent all attendees of these colleges. Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and overtime, if applicable, but does not include equity (stock) compensation. See full methodology for more.