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

California Polytechnic State University, a school in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has roughly 19,000 undergrads. Replies from former Cal Poly students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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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 
$0$32K$64K$96K
Mechanical Engineer
25 salaries
$71,194  
   
Project Engineer
25 salaries
$66,447  
Software Engineer
22 salaries
$78,305  
Project Manager, Construction
15 salaries
$80,931  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
$95,000  
Civil Engineer
14 salaries
$76,340  
Manufacturing Engineer
13 salaries
$67,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 776
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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the aerospace and defense industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the engineering services industry. The architectural services industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of Cal Poly is about $70K.

Gender

A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $59K on average compared to around $77K for male graduates.

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among Cal Poly alumni are Senior Mechanical Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $95K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $81K and $79K, respectively, are Construction Project Managers and Civil Engineers. Project Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning approximately $65K.

Locations

San Francisco, Calif. is filled with Cal Poly grads. Cal Poly alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Irvine, Calif., which offers a median salary of about $84K. Relative to other popular cities, San Luis Obispo ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is approximately $59K); however, California Polytechnic State University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Other popular cities for Cal Poly alumni include nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Cal Poly alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) — they earn close to around $109K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness ($48K on average annually).

Skills

Many Cal Poly grads have knowledge of Project Management, with slightly less than a fourth of alumni using this program on the clock. Competency in Construction Estimating translates into above-average pay for California Polytechnic State University grads — they earn 14 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. For this school, a large number of alumni are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of graduates pick up dental plans, too. A large number of alums set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. California Polytechnic State University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

California State Polytechnic University grads bring in salaries of around $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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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
$39,055 - $77,778
Salary
$49,578 - $103,055

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 votes.
$38,504 - $49,290
$68,351 - $120,002
$70,005 - $95,000
$48,500 - $80,000
$67,334
$43,618 - $98,386
$47,670 - $100,025
$43,448 - $90,959
$37,802 - $83,185
$50,158 - $104,071

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