Average Salary for Pepperdine University Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than Pepperdine University, a private research university based in Malibu, Calif., that is ranked in the top 27 percent of universities by ROI. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Pepperdine grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Pepperdine University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Human Resources (HR) Manager
6 salaries
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Business Partner
4 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
4 salaries
Communications Manager
4 salaries
Executive Assistant
3 salaries
Marriage / Family Therapist
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188

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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 are found working in a number of different fields including IT services, the community mental health center industry, and public K-12 education. The majority of Pepperdine alumni wind up in the education industry. The least popular industry for former Pepperdine students is the aerospace and defense industry — less than two percent of these people end up working in this field. Starting salaries of $63K are common among Pepperdine grads.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn $76K per year compared to females' approximately $62K.


In the Pepperdine alumni professional community, Presidents make the highest median pay (about $135K), though Human Resources Directors ($105K), and Chief Financial Officers (around $100K) are close competitors. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Human Resources Business Partners; alumni in this role face average salaries of $56K.


Many Pepperdine students are Los Angeles-bound following college. In addition, former Pepperdine students often head to Irvine after graduating, where typical salaries come to around $113K in this top-paying city. Though Chicago takes the cake for lowest pay among Pepperdine grads (the median salary is $40K there), it remains a common destination for former students. In addition, grads flock to Seattle as well as New York.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Doctorate (PhD), Psychology from Pepperdine can rake in a whopping about $182K per year, more than any other degree from this school. An Associate's Degree is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $42K.


Many former Pepperdine students are familiar with Project Management, and close to a seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Former Waves with Strategic Marketing abilities can expect to make 36 percent more than their former classmates ($86K). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Financial Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Although just over half of the respondents are compensated for vacation days, only one-third of alumni are paid for sick time. A solid majority of grads participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. A strong majority of grads receive health insurance, and most graduates get dental coverage. Alumni of Pepperdine University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of the Pacific grads bring in salaries of around approximately $60K, making them the most similar to Pepperdine alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to Pepperdine include Biola University, the University of La Verne, and the University of San Diego.

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Key Stats for Pepperdine University


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$38,844 - $88,338
$39,994 - $109,943
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
$37,149 - $80,458
$23,714 - $95,632
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$68,672 - $127,743
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