Santa Clara University Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Santa Clara, Calif., Santa Clara University, a Roman Catholic school, has a student population of roughly 5,000. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Broncos!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
24 salaries
Software Engineer
23 salaries
Financial Analyst
21 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
18 salaries
Product Marketing Manager
13 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
13 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,046

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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 can most commonly be found in the manufacturing industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the computer data storage services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the construction industry. Students of SCU go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the high graduation rates and above-average SAT scores reported by this group. The average salary for a grad from SCU is around $82K.


Former SCU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Project Engineers, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to $66K on average) among this alumni group.


Home to a large number of SCU alums, San Jose, Calif. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. With a median salary of approximately $112K, Cupertino, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among SCU grads. On the other hand, SCU alumni who end up in Austin, Texas receive the lowest median salary of $75K. SCU alumni express interest in nearby San Francisco, Calif. and Palo Alto, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) from SCU can rake in a whopping average $175K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) — their annual income amounts to about $59K on average.


Project Management commands a pay premium of 19 percent for former Broncos. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SCU alumni, with slightly less than one-fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. In addition, those who are savvy in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Financial Analysis are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Though just over half of the graduates get paid time off for vacation, only one in three grads receive paid sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of alums, and dental insurance is issued to most alums as well. A large number of alumni participate in a 401(k) program. Alumni of Santa Clara University also take in a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and stock purchase plan.

Related Schools

Alumni of Monterey Institute of International Studies pick up average paychecks of $75K, which is closest to the amount made by SCU grads among similar schools. Saint Marys College of California, California Lutheran University, and Antioch University-Los Angeles are also similar to SCU.

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