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

Founded in San Luis Obispo, Calif., California Polytechnic State University is an institution of higher learning for around 18,000 students. This synopsis is derived from the responses of former Cal Poly students who took PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

33
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

7
out of 420
 

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. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Project Engineer
51 salaries
$66,290  
   
Mechanical Engineer
42 salaries
$68,054  
Software Engineer
35 salaries
$80,332  
Project Manager, Construction
27 salaries
$82,997  
Manufacturing Engineer
23 salaries
$67,598  
Aerospace Engineer
20 salaries
$73,522  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
20 salaries
$98,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,347
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California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo Details

One Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly)

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Industry

Professionally, the aerospace and defense industry, the engineering services industry, and the software development industry are popular business areas among Cal Poly alumni. The architectural services industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Those with a degree from Cal Poly tend to make $70K.

Gender

A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $58K on average compared to about $78K for male graduates.

Jobs

Cal Poly grads who become Senior Mechanical Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in $98K annually. However, Construction Project Managers and Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in approximately $84K and $80K, respectively). On the lower end, Project Engineers report making around $66K.

Locations

A large number of students head to San Francisco after college. The top-paying city popular with Cal Poly alumni is Palo Alto, which offers median salaries of approximately $80K. California Polytechnic State University pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in San Luis Obispo despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay ($55K). Graduates of Cal Poly also relocate to Los Angeles, which is not far away, and San Diego.

Employers

Cal Poly grads can make the most money at Cisco Systems Inc; average pay at this company is about $135K. Alumni looking to pad their bank accounts should steer clear of Mindbody, Inc; the median salary there is $42K, which is considerably lower than the overall median for all California Polytechnic State University graduates.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) leads to the highest pay for Cal Poly grads (around $126K per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $48K per year.

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among Cal Poly alumni, with nearly one-fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for California Polytechnic State University grads — they earn 15 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A solid majority of respondents take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to a strong majority of former students, and dental insurance is issued to a fair portion of graduates as well. Additional perks enjoyed by California Polytechnic State University grads include a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, California State Polytechnic University grads (who make an average of $65K) earn salaries most similar to Cal Poly alumni. Other schools similar to Cal Poly include California State University-Bakersfield, California State University-Northridge, and California State University-Fresno.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1130 1330
ACT Scores 25 29

Key Stats

Female
34 %
Male
66 %
Salary
$38,940 - $76,865
Salary
$49,651 - $102,921
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 457 votes.
$60,092 - $113,860
$38,504 - $49,290
$61,500 - $98,812
$70,344 - $113,000
$48,500 - $80,000
$43,058 - $91,992
$45,270 - $97,306
$37,088 - $72,040
$52,148 - $108,004
$46,740 - $98,476

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