Pepperdine University Alumni Average Salary

Ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment, Pepperdine University is a Churches of Christ university based in Malibu, Calif., and it's home to around 4,000 undergraduates. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Associate Attorney
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 968

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About This School

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263


Private School, Research University, Religious, For Sports Fans

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The most popular career sector among alumni is the advertising agency industry. Starting salaries of about $63K are the median among Pepperdine grads.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks around $80K per year, but the second group takes home only $60K.


Irvine, Calif. is a hub for Pepperdine graduates — a large number call this city home. With a median salary of $107K, San Francisco, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among Pepperdine grads. Pepperdine alumni in Los Angeles, Calif. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at approximately $67K.

Degree Major

Pepperdine grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $130K per year. A Bachelor's Degree offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($58K).


Competency in Data Analysis translates into above-average pay for former Waves — they earn 16 percent more than their fellow graduates. Roughly a seventh of Pepperdine grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Other top skills include Adobe Illustrator, Marketing Communications, and Social Media Marketing.

Benefits and Perks

Perks, including paid vacation and sick time, are awarded to more than half of graduates. To plan for old age, a fair number of former students maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to a fair number of alums, and just over half of the alumni also receive dental coverage. Alumni of Pepperdine University also take in a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Tulsa grads bring in salaries of around $62K, making them the most similar to Pepperdine alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to Pepperdine include Biola University, the University of La Verne, and the University of San Diego.

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