Pepperdine University Alumni Average Salary

Pepperdine University is a Churches of Christ university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Malibu, Calif., the school is ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Pepperdine University School Alumni

Median Salary by Years Experience

Years Experience
National Salary Data 
1-4 years
9 salaries
5-9 years
9 salaries
10-19 years
4 salaries
20 years or more
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Jun 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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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Graduates of Pepperdine head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the advertising agency industry, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, and the health care industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular field is IT services. Those with a degree from Pepperdine make an average of $58K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $77K per year, but the second group takes home only $59K.


Many Pepperdine grads end up living in San Diego, Calif., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. San Francisco, Calif. is also a common destination for Pepperdine grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $107K. Though Los Angeles, Calif. takes the cake for lowest pay among Pepperdine grads (the median salary is about $67K there), it remains a common destination for former students.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of approximately $110K per year, former Waves who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) are the best paid among the alumni population. A Bachelor's Degree offers the lowest median annual financial reward (around $45K).


For former Waves, proficiency in Data Analysis warrants a paycheck that is 26 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many former Pepperdine students are familiar with Microsoft Office, and about one in seven grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Proficiency in Marketing Communications, Adobe Illustrator, and Project Management command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Former students at this school — more than half of graduates — are lucky enough to receive paid vacation and paid sick leave. A fair number of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health benefits extend to a strong majority of grads, and the larger part of grads also receive dental coverage. Additional benefits handed to Pepperdine University alumni include a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for Union Institute & University grads is $58K, making their salaries most similar to those of Pepperdine grads. Other schools similar to Pepperdine include Biola University, the University of La Verne, and the University of San Diego.

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$35,033 - $100,000
$30,639 - $112,020

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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