Average Salary for Pepperdine University Alumni

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. The data for this snapshot was collected from Pepperdine graduates who took 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.
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
5 salaries
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
3 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
3 salaries
Marriage / Family Therapist
3 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Business Partner
3 salaries
Executive Assistant
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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 IT services. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Those with an education from Pepperdine earn an average of approximately $64K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $76K per year, but the second group takes home only $60K.


Pepperdine grads who become Chief Financial Officers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $100K annually. However, Communications Managers and Human Resources Managers also rank as top-earners (bringing in around $90K and $68K, respectively). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Marriage & Family Therapists; alumni in this role face average salaries of $44K.


Many Pepperdine grads flock to Los Angeles, Calif. Pepperdine alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Irvine, Calif., which offers a median salary of around $105K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Pepperdine grads is Chicago, Ill. (median compensation is $39K). In addition, grads flock to Seattle, Wash. as well as San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Pepperdine grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration (average earnings climb to $155K per year). Graduates holding a Master of Education (MEd) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $42K.


One-sixth of Pepperdine grads wind up using Microsoft Excel at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Marketing Management commands a pay premium of 59 percent for former Waves. Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, nearly two in five alumni report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most graduates are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of survey participants report dental coverage, too. Most respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Alumni of Pepperdine University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

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

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Key Stats for Pepperdine University


61 %
39 %
$39,853 - $79,785
$40,223 - $101,993
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
$39,900 - $80,891
$69,206 - $115,862
$47,500 - $95,000

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