Pepperdine University Alumni Average Salary

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than Pepperdine University. It is a Churches of Christ university based in Malibu, Calif. that is ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Pepperdine grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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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 career sector among alumni is IT services. Starting salaries of around $60K are the median among Pepperdine grads.


Male graduates of Pepperdine out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $80K versus $60K for women.


Irvine, Calif. is a hot spot for Pepperdine alum. The top-paying city popular with Pepperdine alumni is San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of approximately $107K. On the other end, Pepperdine grads flock to Los Angeles, Calif., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $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 $110K per year. A Bachelor's Degree offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $58K).


For former Waves, proficiency in Data Analysis warrants a paycheck that is 23 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Office is a popular skill among Pepperdine alumni, with close to one-seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. Demonstrated ability in Marketing Communications, Adobe Illustrator, and Project Management rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Former students at this school — the larger part of graduates — are lucky enough to receive paid vacation and paid sick leave. A fair number of former students receive health insurance, and a majority of respondents get dental coverage. A fair number of grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Pepperdine University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of Biola University pick up average paychecks of $60K, which is closest to the amount made by Pepperdine grads among similar schools. The University of La Verne, the University of San Diego, and the University of San Francisco are also similar to Pepperdine.

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