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

Nestled away in San Luis Obispo, Calif., California Polytechnic State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 19,000. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Overall College ROI Rank

29
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

9
out of 408
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

13
out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

$56,200
California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Mechanical Engineer
29 salaries
$69,563  
   
Project Engineer
28 salaries
$65,003  
Software Engineer
23 salaries
$79,369  
Project Manager, Construction
17 salaries
$80,929  
Civil Engineer
15 salaries
$79,480  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
$95,000  
Manufacturing Engineer
14 salaries
$66,986  
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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

Graduates of Cal Poly work in a variety of sectors including the architectural services industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the engineering services industry. A large chunk of former Cal Poly students are employed in the aerospace and defense industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Graduates of Cal Poly earn $70K on average.

Gender

It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of about $59K whereas the men's median is around $77K.

Jobs

Cal Poly grads who become Senior Mechanical Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average approximately $98K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Construction Project Managers and Software Engineers; their salaries approach $81K and $79K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Project Engineers — they bring in $66K.

Locations

Many Cal Poly grads flock to San Francisco, Calif. It is no surprise that Irvine, Calif., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is approximately $84K), is another of the most popular spots for former Cal Poly students. 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). Nearby Los Angeles, Calif. is also a top pick for Cal Poly grads, as is San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

California Polytechnic State University grads who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) and earn a median salary of $109K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness ($48K on average annually).

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among Cal Poly alumni, with between a fifth and a fourth of workers reporting using it on the job. Product Development commands a pay premium of 26 percent for California Polytechnic State University grads. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. A large number of alums take advantage of a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a large number of grads are given health coverage, and a strong majority of alums accept dental insurance. Other benefits that California Polytechnic State University alumni receive are a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Alumni of California State Polytechnic University pick up average paychecks of around $65K, which is closest to the amount made by Cal Poly grads among similar schools. 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
$39,178 - $77,029
Salary
$49,217 - $102,683
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 207 votes.
$38,504 - $49,290
$68,351 - $120,002
$70,005 - $95,000
$48,500 - $80,000
$135,880
$43,396 - $97,172
$44,253 - $91,715
$47,758 - $99,755
$37,802 - $83,185
$50,349 - $105,022

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