Best Schools in California By Salary Potential

Best Schools in California
The Golden state hosts so many great schools that we gave it a list all its own. Whether you want the redwoods up north or the sun and surf down south, you can compare California schools by post-graduation paycheck. 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
Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) $69,600 $123,000
Harvey Mudd College $64,400 $121,000
Stanford University $58,200 $112,000
Santa Clara University $52,900 $105,000
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA $50,100 $103,000
University of California, Berkeley $51,400 $102,000
Claremont McKenna College $54,400 $98,000
University of Southern California (USC) $50,200 $97,800
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) $48,200 $96,700
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly) $54,200 $95,700
California College of the Arts $44,800 $94,300
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona $47,600 $92,700
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) $49,200 $91,100
Pomona College $47,000 $91,100
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) $47,300 $91,000
San Jose State University (SJSU) $50,900 $90,900
University of California, Irvine (UCI) $44,800 $90,600
Occidental College $42,200 $90,300
Saint Mary's College of California $45,700 $89,600
University of California, Riverside (UCR) $43,900 $88,800
Loyola Marymount University $44,100 $87,900
University of Redlands $46,100 $87,700
Westmont College $35,600 $87,400
University of San Francisco (USF) $49,500 $87,100
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) $47,600 $87,100
University of San Diego (USD) $44,500 $85,100
California State University (CSU), Chico $45,700 $84,400
Pepperdine University $44,600 $83,200
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) $42,400 $82,900
San Diego State University (SDSU) $43,500 $82,800
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) $43,800 $82,600
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) $42,900 $82,200
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) $42,900 $81,700
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) $42,100 $81,200
National University $49,000 $80,200
Loma Linda University $64,600 $79,900
San Francisco State University (SFSU) $46,200 $79,400
Concordia University at Irvine $37,800 $79,200
California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) $47,900 $78,900
Chapman University $41,100 $78,700
Biola University $40,000 $78,300
University of La Verne $39,600 $78,200
Academy of Art University $45,100 $77,900
California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) $44,100 $77,900
Point Loma Nazarene College $37,400 $77,600
Art Center College of Design $49,300 $77,200
California Lutheran University (CLU) $45,300 $77,000
California State University (CSU), Fresno (Fresno State) $41,100 $75,200
Sonoma State University $44,800 $74,600
Humboldt State University $39,500 $74,200
Mount St. Mary's College $45,500 $73,700
Pacific Union College (PUC) $46,400 $73,000
Whittier College $42,900 $72,900
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) $40,800 $71,900
Woodbury University $40,700 $71,700
California State University (CSU), Stanislaus $39,500 $70,000
Pitzer College $39,500 $69,600
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) $39,800 $69,500
California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) $40,200 $68,400
TUI University $46,700 $67,400
Thomas Aquinas College $37,600 $66,000
Azusa Pacific University $39,200 $65,300
California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) $45,200 $63,100
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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