Average Salary for Pepperdine University Alumni

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. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Pepperdine University Alumni

Median Salary by 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.
Human Resources (HR) Manager
6 salaries
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Communications Manager
4 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
4 salaries
Marriage / Family Therapist
3 salaries
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
3 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Business Partner
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166

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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 advertising agency industry, the community mental health center industry, and public K-12 education are just a few of the areas in which Pepperdine grads find work. The most popular field is the education industry. Median pay for those who graduated from Pepperdine amounts to around $64K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $59K whereas the men's median is about $78K.


In the Pepperdine alumni professional community, Chief Financial Officers make the highest median pay (approximately $113K), though Communications Managers ($72K), and Human Resources Managers ($69K) are close competitors. Marriage & Family Therapists face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $44K.


Los Angeles, Calif. is a hub for Pepperdine graduates — a large number call this city home. The top-paying city popular with Pepperdine alumni is Irvine, Calif., which offers a median salary of approximately $105K. On the other end, Pepperdine grads flock to Chicago, Ill., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $40K. In addition, grads flock to Seattle, Wash. as well as San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

Pepperdine students with a B.A. in Sociology can expect to make the most money (around $123K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. On the other end of the spectrum, those with an Associate's Degree tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $34K per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among Pepperdine alumni, with around one in seven workers reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Marketing Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 59 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($101K). Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Marketing Communications command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, half of the respondents are compensated for vacation days, but only two-fifths of alumni can take paid time off due to illness. It is no small feat that most survey participants are given health coverage, and a strong majority of alumni accept dental insurance. A large number of former students set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Pepperdine University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of the Pacific grads is $66K, making their salaries most similar to those of Pepperdine grads. Biola University, the University of La Verne, and the University of San Diego are also similar to Pepperdine.

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Key Stats for Pepperdine University


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