California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo Alumni Average Salary

California Polytechnic State University, a school in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has roughly 19,000 undergrads. The data in this summary come from Cal Poly alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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College ROI Report

29th

20 Year Net ROI 

$669,800

Annual ROI 

11.3%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$93,200

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College Salary Report

68th

Early Career Salary 

$57,800

Mid-Career Salary 

$99,500

% High Meaning 

51.0%

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California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$31K$62K$93K
Project Engineer
28 salaries
$65,971  
   
Mechanical Engineer
25 salaries
$71,733  
Software Engineer
21 salaries
$79,369  
Project Manager, Construction
15 salaries
$83,264  
Civil Engineer
12 salaries
$76,000  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
$91,575  
Manufacturing Engineer
11 salaries
$69,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 752
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About This School

One Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly)

admissions.calpoly.edu/

18,739

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Industry

Cal Poly alumni can most commonly be found in the aerospace and defense industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the engineering services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The architectural services industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Former Cal Poly graduates bring in $71K on average.

Gender

It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $60K whereas the men's median is about $77K.

Jobs

Among Cal Poly graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Mechanical Engineers, who haul in $95K on average. Next on the list are Construction Project Managers and Civil Engineers, bringing in around $82K and $79K, respectively. Project Engineers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $65K in this job.

Locations

Many Cal Poly grads end up living in San Francisco, Calif., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. The top-paying city popular with Cal Poly alumni is Irvine, Calif., which offers a median salary of $88K. Living in San Luis Obispo after college is common among California Polytechnic State University grads, whose love for the area is more important than the below-average median pay ($59K). Other cities of interest among Cal Poly alumni include nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Cal Poly grads with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) (average earnings climb to around $109K per year). A Bachelor of Science in Economics is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $50K.

Skills

Just over a fifth of Cal Poly grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for California Polytechnic State University grads — they earn 23 percent more than their fellow graduates. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. Health benefits extend to most respondents, and a fair number of alumni also receive dental coverage. A large number of graduates set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Alumni of California Polytechnic State University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

California State Polytechnic University graduates, who earn approximately $65K on average, make a similar amount to Cal Poly grads. Other schools similar to Cal Poly include California State University-Bakersfield, California State University-Northridge, and California State University-Fresno.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1140 1340
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats for California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %
Salary
$38,774 - $78,014
Salary
$49,305 - $103,019
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.
$38,504 - $49,290
$67,664 - $76,811
$70,258 - $96,650
$48,500 - $80,000
$67,334
$43,815 - $95,986
$47,841 - $100,304
$42,574 - $90,163
$37,723 - $85,485
$49,864 - $103,517

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