Santa Clara University Alumni Average Salary

Santa Clara University, a Roman Catholic school in Santa Clara, Calif., has roughly 5,000 undergrads. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Broncos!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Senior Software Engineer
6 salaries
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Account Executive
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Sales Engineer
4 salaries
Project Engineer
4 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
3 salaries
Software Engineer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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About This School

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053


Private School, Religious, For Sports Fans

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Former SCU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including software as a service (SAAS) development, the software services industry, and the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the software development industry. It is quite common for SCU grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. The average starting salary for a graduate of SCU is $83K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in about $93K after graduating from SCU, the average woman earns only around $72K.


SCU grads who become Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $125K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Product Managers and Senior Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach $118K and approximately $112K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Account Executives who make an average of $66K.


Many SCU grads end up living in San Jose, Calif., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Another city that attracts a wealth of SCU grads is Palo Alto, Calif.; given its high compensation ($124K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other hand, SCU alumni who end up in Seattle, Wash. receive the lowest median salary of $58K. Nearby San Francisco, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for SCU grads.

Degree Major

A Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) earns SCU students the most money after college (an average $188K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Biology are the lowest of the pack, earning $50K.


Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 20 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $99K). Nearly one-sixth of SCU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of alumni contribute to a 401(k). Health coverage is awarded to most alumni, and dental insurance is issued to most alums as well. Additional perks enjoyed by Santa Clara University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Monterey Institute of International Studies grads (who make an average of about $73K) earn salaries most similar to SCU alumni. Saint Marys College of California, California Lutheran University, and Antioch University-Los Angeles are also similar to SCU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1200 1380
ACT Scores 27 31

Key Stats for Santa Clara University


42 %
58 %
$41,156 - $99,441
$53,117 - $123,620
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
$52,853 - $124,212
$46,369 - $98,741
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