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Average Salary for Pepperdine University Alumni

Around 3,000 undergrads attend Pepperdine University, a private research school in Malibu, Calif., grouped in the top 27 percent of universities by ROI, where they receive a great education with a lesser long-term cost. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Pepperdine grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities

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Typical Early Career Salary

Pepperdine University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Human Resources (HR) Manager
6 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
4 salaries
Vice President (VP), Operations
4 salaries
Communications Manager
4 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Business Partner
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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Pepperdine University Details

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263


Private Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious

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Graduates of Pepperdine go into the community mental health center industry, IT services, and the advertising agency industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Graduates of Pepperdine typically earn $64K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes around $62K where the average male graduate hauls home about $77K.


The Pepperdine alumni who make the most are Presidents; they report a median pay of $135K. Human Resources Directors and Chief Financial Officers draw in a fair amount as well — $116K and $100K. Financial Analysts pick up approximately $54K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Los Angeles is a hub for Pepperdine graduates — a large number call this city home. Pepperdine grads also flock to Irvine, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is $113K). On the far end of the pay scale, Pepperdine alumni often reside in San Diego, which is home to the lowest pay at $56K. Nearby San Francisco is also a top pick for Pepperdine grads, as is New York.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of approximately $182K per year, former Waves who have a Doctorate (PhD), Psychology are the best paid among the alumni population. An Associate's Degree commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of around $42K.


Project Management is a popular skill among Pepperdine alumni, with nearly one-seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Former Waves who have experience with Operations Management can expect to make 41 percent more than other alumni ($90K on average). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Financial Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly more than half of the alumni report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in three grads are paid for sick leave. The greater part of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most grads receive dental plans, too. A solid majority of graduates set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Additional perks enjoyed by Pepperdine University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of La Verne graduates, who earn about $66K on average, make a similar amount to Pepperdine grads. Biola University, the University of San Diego, and the University of San Francisco are also similar to Pepperdine.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1680 2010
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Key Stats

60 %
40 %
$38,038 - $84,765
$40,930 - $112,657
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
$38,230 - $82,183
$23,878 - $94,046
$44,544 - $98,264
$42,675 - $68,784
$68,672 - $127,743

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