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

California Polytechnic State University is a university based in San Luis Obispo, Calif. that is home to around 19,000 undergraduates. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Cal Poly grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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College ROI Report

32nd

20 Year Net ROI 

$698,000

Annual ROI 

11.3%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$96,300

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College Salary Report

68th

Early Career Salary 

$57,800

Mid-Career Salary 

$99,500

% High Meaning 

51 %

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

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$32K$64K$96K
Mechanical Engineer
80 salaries
$72,979  
   
Project Engineer
71 salaries
$68,108  
Software Engineer
58 salaries
$80,051  
Civil Engineer
37 salaries
$68,787  
Project Manager, Construction
37 salaries
$94,989  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
32 salaries
$91,923  
Electrical Engineer
28 salaries
$76,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,360
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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/

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Industry

Cal Poly alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the architectural services industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the engineering services industry. The aerospace and defense industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Starting salaries of $69K are the median among Cal Poly grads.

Gender

After graduation, women go on to earn an average of about $58K per year compared to men, who earn $78K.

Jobs

The biggest paychecks among Cal Poly alumni are earned by Senior Mechanical Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $92K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Construction Project Managers (around $82K) and Software Engineers ($77K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Project Engineers — they bring in approximately $66K.

Locations

Many Cal Poly grads flock to San Francisco, Calif. Irvine, Calif. is another hot spot for Cal Poly grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $91K). Many California Polytechnic State University grads can't resist staying in San Luis Obispo after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (about $60K). Nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for Cal Poly grads.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Cal Poly alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering — they earn close to $113K on average per year. Those with a Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $46K per year.

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among Cal Poly alumni, with roughly one in five workers reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 21 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $83K). Competency in Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, just under half of the respondents are compensated for vacation days, but only one-third of alumni can take paid time off due to illness. Most alums participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of graduates are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of alumni report dental coverage, too. California Polytechnic State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

California State Polytechnic University graduates, who earn $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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Key Stats for California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %
Salary
$40,931 - $74,335
Salary
$50,262 - $107,187
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
$43,236 - $51,395
$102,000
$68,523
$45,864 - $111,910
$43,114 - $101,841
$38,237 - $98,233
$47,064 - $97,215
$44,856 - $87,043

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