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Average Salary for Santa Clara University Alumni

Nestled away in Santa Clara, Calif., the student population at Santa Clara University, a Roman Catholic school, roughly 5,000. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Broncos!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. This report is based on the answers of SCU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for For Sports Fans

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Typical Early Career Salary

Santa Clara University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
13 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
9 salaries
Financial Analyst
8 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
6 salaries
Account Executive
6 salaries
Senior Product Manager
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 446
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Santa Clara University Details

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053


Private Schools, For Sports Fans, Religious

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SCU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the software services industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the financial services industry. The majority of SCU alumni wind up in the software development industry. SCU graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores. Those with an education from SCU earn an average of approximately $84K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes about $73K where the average male graduate hauls home around $91K.


The most generous salaries among SCU alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose earnings come to $120K, followed by Senior Product Managers ($118K) and Software Engineers ($90K). Marketing Coordinators get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of $39K in this job.


Many SCU grads end up living in San Jose, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. With a median salary of $113K, Palo Alto represents the highest-paid city popular among SCU grads. On the other hand, SCU alumni who end up in Seattle receive the lowest median salaries of around $75K. Other cities of interest among SCU alumni include nearby San Francisco and Santa Clara.

Degree Major

A Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) will compensate SCU grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in $140K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Biology — their annual income amounts to $51K on average.


Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for former Broncos — they earn 40 percent more than their fellow graduates. SCU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with about a sixth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. For this school, a strong majority of former students are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of grads pick up dental plans, too. The greater part of grads allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Other benefits awarded to Santa Clara University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Saint Marys College of California grads is $73K, making their salaries most similar to those of SCU grads. Monterey Institute of International Studies, California Lutheran University, and Antioch University-Los Angeles are also similar to SCU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1170 1370
ACT Scores 27 31

Key Stats

42 %
58 %
$39,653 - $96,248
$53,319 - $123,113
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.
$51,782 - $120,844
$44,042 - $101,327
$55,554 - $148,424
$49,573 - $130,151
$27,203 - $90,349

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