Average Salary for Pepperdine University Alumni

Attending Pepperdine University, a Churches of Christ university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Malibu, Calif., and it is ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Pepperdine University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Human Resources (HR) Manager
5 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Business Partner
3 salaries
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
3 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
3 salaries
Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization
2 salaries
Executive Assistant
2 salaries
Financial Analyst
2 salaries
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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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Pepperdine alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the advertising agency industry, the community mental health center industry, and the architectural and engineering services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. Median pay for those who graduated from Pepperdine amounts to approximately $65K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $77K per year compared to females' $61K.


Chief Financial Officers win the contest for best-paid Pepperdine alumni, making $100K on average every year, though Human Resources Managers (about $68K), and Financial Analysts (around $57K) are not far behind. Marriage & Family Therapists get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $44K in this job.


Los Angeles, Calif. is a hub for Pepperdine graduates — a large number call this city home. In addition, former Pepperdine students often head to Irvine, Calif. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $105K in this top-paying city. Pepperdine alumni in San Diego, Calif. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $56K. Seattle, Wash. is also a top pick, as is Malibu, Calif.

Degree Major

Pepperdine students with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration can expect to make the most money (about $155K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those with a B.A. in Economics face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $43K per year.


Pepperdine alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with about one in six grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Knowledge of Marketing Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 54 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $100K). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A little less than half of the alumni do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. For this school, a large number of former students are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of alums pick up dental plans, too. Graduates of Pepperdine University are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $66K for University of La Verne alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Pepperdine grads. Other schools similar to Pepperdine include Biola University, the University of San Diego, and the University of San Francisco.

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