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Best Schools in California By Salary Potential

Best Schools in California
You're sure to have fun in the warm California sun, and earn a valuable diploma from one of California's many top schools. But, when you're deciding between Pomona, Cal-Poly and Berkeley, it's good to know which school can get you the degree you want and the best shot at a well-paid job after graduation. Check out PayScale's ranking of California schools by salary potential.

Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 2 years of experience; mid-career have 15 years. See full methodology for more.

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Best Schools in California By Salary Potential - Full List
California Schools Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Harvey Mudd College $71,000 $125,000
Stanford University $67,500 $124,000
California Institute of Technology (CIT) $69,700 $115,000
University of California, Berkeley $57,100 $112,000
Santa Clara University $58,000 $111,000
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) $50,700 $103,000
University of Southern California (USC) $54,600 $103,000
Claremont McKenna College $58,300 $102,000
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly) $57,000 $102,000
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) $49,700 $98,400
Pomona College $50,500 $97,500
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) $51,600 $97,000
San Jose State University (SJSU) $53,400 $96,300
Occidental College $45,300 $95,700
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) $51,200 $95,400
Loyola Marymount University $43,500 $95,400
University of San Francisco (USF) $51,700 $94,100
University of California, Irvine (UCI) $47,600 $92,700
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona $51,600 $92,400
Pepperdine University $50,000 $90,600
Saint Mary's College of California $49,100 $89,600
California State University (CSU), Chico $47,700 $89,300
University of Redlands $47,700 $89,200
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) $44,200 $88,500
Loma Linda University $71,400 $88,500
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) $47,500 $86,500
University of California, Riverside (UCR) $44,600 $85,700
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) $44,900 $83,900
University of San Diego (USD) $45,300 $83,800
San Francisco State University (SFSU) $47,400 $83,300
California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) $48,500 $82,900
California State University (CSU), Fresno (Fresno State) $45,600 $82,800
San Diego State University (SDSU) $46,700 $82,800
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) $46,200 $82,700
Chapman University $42,000 $81,600
Art Center College of Design $50,700 $81,100
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) $45,700 $79,500
California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) $44,900 $77,600
Mount St. Mary's College in California $47,000 $77,100
Humboldt State University $43,300 $77,000
Sonoma State University $44,200 $75,600
National University $50,000 $75,500
California State University (CSU), Stanislaus $40,800 $74,900
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) $44,300 $73,700
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) $42,700 $71,900
Concordia University $41,700 $71,800
California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) $44,900 $68,500
Biola University $38,100 $67,900
Azusa Pacific University $39,100 $64,200
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.