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. The data for this synopsis comes from former Cal Poly students who took the PayScale 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

49th

Early Career Salary 

$59,300

Mid-Career Salary 

$102,000

% High Meaning 

52 %

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

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$34K$68K$102K
Mechanical Engineer
90 salaries
$75,894  
   
Project Engineer
73 salaries
$70,712  
Software Engineer
54 salaries
$78,995  
Civil Engineer
45 salaries
$69,432  
Project Manager, Construction
35 salaries
$97,458  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
33 salaries
$99,157  
Electrical Engineer
31 salaries
$79,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Nov 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,522
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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 can most commonly be found in the aerospace and defense industry, the medical device manufacturing industry, and the engineering services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of Cal Poly alumni wind up in the architectural services industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Cal Poly is $68K.

Gender

After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average around $83K per year compared to females' $54K.

Jobs

The biggest paychecks among Cal Poly alumni are earned by Senior Mechanical Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $110K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Electrical Engineers (about $105K) and Senior Software Engineers ($99K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Manufacturing Engineers — they bring in approximately $66K.

Locations

Home to a large number of Cal Poly alums, San Francisco, Calif. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. The top-paying city popular with Cal Poly alumni is San Jose, Calif., which offers a median salary of about $93K. Cal Poly alumni in Seattle, Wash. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $50K. Other cities of interest among Cal Poly alumni include nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Mechanical Engineering (ME) earns Cal Poly students the most money after college (an average $104K per year). Those with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $48K per year.

Skills

Engineering Design is a popular skill among Cal Poly alumni, with slightly more than a fifth of grads reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Data Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 58 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $108K). Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly more than half of the graduates are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of alums, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of alums as well. To plan for old age, a large number of respondents maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. California Polytechnic State University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Median pay for California State Polytechnic University grads is approximately $65K, making their salaries most similar to those of Cal Poly grads. California State University-Bakersfield, California State University-Northridge, and California State University-Fresno are also similar to Cal Poly.

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

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %
Salary
$40,160 - $70,782
Salary
$53,078 - $111,007
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
$103,500
$47,340 - $121,513
$41,157 - $118,500
$45,781 - $157,222
$64,453 - $95,316
$63,871 - $133,864

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