Pepperdine University Alumni Average Salary

Combining good value and great education, Pepperdine University is ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a Churches of Christ university based in Malibu, Calif. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Human Resources (HR) Business Partner
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Human Resources (HR) Manager
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Marriage / Family Therapist
3 salaries
Marketing Director
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Executive Assistant
2 salaries
Financial Analyst
2 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Director
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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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Former Pepperdine students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the advertising agency industry, the community mental health center industry, and the legal services industry. The most popular field is the education industry. Those with a degree from Pepperdine make an average of $66K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of about $63K per year compared to men, who earn around $77K.


Among Pepperdine alumni, those working as General Manager VPs report the highest median pay of $188K, followed by Chief Financial Officers (approximately $100K), and Human Resources Managers ($68K). Salaries are anything but generous for Marriage & Family Therapists, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $34K.


A large number of students head to Los Angeles, Calif. after college. It is no surprise that Seattle, Wash., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is approximately $94K), is another of the most popular spots for former Pepperdine students. San Diego, Calif. is a popular spot for former Pepperdine students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $56K. Nearby San Francisco, Calif. and Malibu, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for Pepperdine grads.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration earns Pepperdine students the most money after college (an average $182K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Economics are the lowest of the pack, earning about $43K.


Knowledge of Marketing Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 51 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $100K). Pepperdine grads are usually competent in Project Management, and close to one-sixth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for half of the graduates, but only one in three grads are rewarded with paid sick leave. It is no small feat that a large number of alums are given health coverage, and a fair number of alums accept dental insurance. Most former students plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Pepperdine University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of the Pacific pick up average paychecks of $66K, which is closest to the amount made by Pepperdine grads among similar schools. Biola University, the University of La Verne, and the University of San Diego are also similar to Pepperdine.

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