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

Around 19,000 people attend California Polytechnic State University, a institution based in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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

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Mechanical Engineer
96 salaries
Project Engineer
65 salaries
Software Engineer
48 salaries
Civil Engineer
46 salaries
Electrical Engineer
35 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
31 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
31 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,410

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One Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly)


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Graduates of Cal Poly are found working in a number of different fields including the architectural services industry, the engineering services industry, and the medical device manufacturing industry. The aerospace and defense industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. The average salary for a grad from Cal Poly is about $69K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks approximately $82K per year, but the second group takes home only $55K.


Cal Poly grads who become Senior Mechanical Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $115K annually. However, Electrical Engineers and Senior Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $105K and around $99K, respectively). Salaries are anything but generous for Project Engineers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $69K.


San Francisco, Calif. is a hot spot for Cal Poly alum. Cal Poly grads also flock to San Jose, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $93K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Cal Poly alumni is Portland, Ore., where earnings average approximately $61K. Neighboring Los Angeles, Calif. is another common pick among Cal Poly grads, along with San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Degree Major

Cal Poly students with a Master of Science (MS), Mechanical Engineering (ME) can expect to make the most money ($104K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business ($48K on average annually).


Proficiency in Engineering Design is common among Cal Poly alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, roughly one in four former students report doing so. Data Analysis commands a pay premium of 51 percent for California Polytechnic State University grads. In addition, those who are savvy in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; just over half of the graduates get vacation time, whereas just one-third of alumni get paid sick leave. A large number of alums have medical plans, and a strong majority of alums have dental insurance. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most respondents contribute to a 401(k). California Polytechnic State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

California State Polytechnic University grads bring in salaries of around about $65K, making them the most similar to Cal Poly alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to Cal Poly include California State University-Bakersfield, California State University-Northridge, and California State University-Fresno.

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