Average Salary for Santa Clara University Alumni

Around 5,000 people attend Santa Clara University, a Roman Catholic institution based in Santa Clara, Calif. 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. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Santa Clara University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
7 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
6 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Sales Engineer
4 salaries
Account Executive
4 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
3 salaries
Senior Product Manager
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224
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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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SCU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the software development industry, the software services industry, and the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry. A large chunk of former SCU students are employed in software as a service (SAAS) development; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. SCU graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores and graduation rate. Those with an education from SCU earn an average of $81K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $92K after graduating from SCU, the average woman earns only about $71K.


Among SCU alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers and Senior Mechanical Engineers report the highest median pay of $125K, followed by Senior Product Managers at approximately $118K. Mechanical Engineers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at around $66K.


Many SCU students are San Jose, Calif.-bound following college. SCU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Palo Alto, Calif., which offers a median salary of $126K. On the other hand, SCU alumni who end up in Seattle, Wash. receive the lowest median salary of $58K. Other popular cities for SCU alumni include nearby San Francisco, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif.

Degree Major

A Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) leads to the highest pay for SCU grads ($188K on average per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Biology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $50K on average per year.


SCU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and around one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Linux translates into above-average pay for former Broncos — they earn 20 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Dental insurance applies to a large number of grads, and a large number of alumni report health coverage. A large number of alums save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits awarded to Santa Clara University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Monterey Institute of International Studies grads bring in salaries of around approximately $73K, making them the most similar to SCU alumni in terms of earnings. 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


43 %
57 %
$40,741 - $98,182
$50,932 - $123,620

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
$53,262 - $123,267
$42,500 - $98,294
$68,510 - $147,206
$52,719 - $140,000
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