Best Schools in California By Salary Potential

Best Schools in California
The state of California hosts so many top academic institutions that we've given it a list all its own. If you can take a break from surfing, skiing or celebrity watching long enough to do your homework, you could earn a very high salary after graduation. Check out PayScale's ranking of California schools by salary potential.

Methodology
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 Pay Mid-Career Median Pay
Harvey Mudd College $68,900 $126,000
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) $69,900 $120,000
Stanford University $60,200 $119,000
University of California, Berkeley $53,100 $109,000
Claremont McKenna College $58,700 $104,000
Santa Clara University $54,400 $104,000
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA $51,600 $100,000
California College of the Arts $47,400 $100,000
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) $48,700 $99,700
University of Southern California (USC) $50,300 $99,400
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly) $55,000 $99,200
Pomona College $44,600 $98,100
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) $47,600 $96,400
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona $48,500 $93,300
San Jose State University (SJSU) $51,700 $92,900
University of California, Irvine (UCI) $45,900 $92,500
Loyola Marymount University $43,500 $92,400
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) $50,700 $91,600
Saint Mary's College of California $48,800 $91,600
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) $49,000 $90,700
Occidental College $42,300 $90,000
Westmont College $37,600 $89,900
University of California, Riverside (UCR) $42,700 $88,500
University of Redlands $46,600 $87,300
University of San Francisco (USF) $51,500 $87,100
Pepperdine University $46,700 $86,600
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) $43,100 $85,900
Concordia University at Irvine $40,000 $84,900
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) $44,600 $84,500
University of San Diego (USD) $44,500 $83,500
California State University (CSU), Chico $46,900 $83,000
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) $44,400 $82,700
San Francisco State University (SFSU) $46,400 $82,600
San Diego State University (SDSU) $45,200 $82,300
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) $42,500 $81,800
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) $43,200 $81,300
Loma Linda University $69,100 $80,400
California State University (CSU), Fresno (Fresno State) $43,500 $80,300
California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) $48,800 $79,800
Pacific Union College (PUC) $44,600 $79,300
California Lutheran University (CLU) $48,400 $79,200
Sonoma State University $45,100 $79,000
Chapman University $40,900 $78,500
Point Loma Nazarene College $40,800 $78,500
National University $49,800 $78,000
University of La Verne $42,400 $77,800
Humboldt State University $41,600 $77,500
California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) $44,200 $77,300
Academy of Art University $44,800 $76,800
Mount St. Mary's College $46,100 $75,800
Art Center College of Design $48,800 $75,600
Biola University $38,700 $73,900
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) $43,400 $71,900
California State University (CSU), Stanislaus $40,000 $71,900
Whittier College $40,800 $70,700
California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) $42,900 $69,800
Pitzer College $39,500 $67,600
Azusa Pacific University $39,200 $67,100
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) $40,900 $66,800
Woodbury University $41,900 $66,400
TUI University $50,400 $65,800
California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) $46,000 $64,500
Thomas Aquinas College $35,900 $63,800
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.
 
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