Average Salary for Santa Clara University Alumni

Santa Clara University, a Roman Catholic school in Santa Clara, Calif., has roughly 5,000 undergrads. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Broncos!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. This report is based on the answers of SCU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Santa Clara University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
8 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Account Executive
5 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
Senior Product Manager
4 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282

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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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include software as a service (SAAS) development, the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry, and IT services. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the software development industry. It is typical for SCU grads — a group that usually scores high on the SATs — to earn above-average incomes as well. Graduates of SCU earn $82K on average.


SCU grads who become Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $128K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Mechanical Engineers and Senior Product Managers; their salaries approach $125K and approximately $118K, respectively. Sliding in near the bottom are Account Executives, who report earnings of $53K.


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 about $122K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among SCU grads is New York, N.Y. (median compensation is around $61K). Graduates of SCU also relocate to San Francisco, Calif., which is not far away, and Santa Clara, Calif.

Degree Major

A law degree will compensate SCU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $140K on average per year. A Bachelor of Science in Biology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $52K.


SCU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with one-sixth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Product Development commands a pay premium of 52 percent for former Broncos. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. A large number of alumni receive health insurance, and most alums get dental coverage. A large number of grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Additional benefits handed to Santa Clara University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Saint Marys College of California grads bring in salaries of around $74K, making them the most similar to SCU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to SCU include the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California Lutheran University, and Antioch University-Los Angeles.

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


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$41,169 - $96,939
$53,199 - $116,906
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 65 votes.
$55,497 - $123,267
$40,851 - $97,316
$70,000 - $145,574
$53,291 - $135,065
$56,765 - $128,731
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