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. 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. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Mechanical Engineer
23 salaries
Financial Analyst
21 salaries
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
17 salaries
Product Marketing Manager
13 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
13 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,012

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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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Graduates of SCU go into the construction industry, the manufacturing industry, and the computer data storage services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in software as a service (SAAS) development. In line with impressive SAT scores and graduation rates, SCU grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. The average starting salary for a graduate of SCU is $83K.


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


The most popular destination for former SCU students is San Jose, Calif. The top-paying city popular with SCU alumni is Cupertino, Calif., which offers a median salary of about $112K. On the far end of the pay scale, SCU alumni often reside in Austin, Texas, which is home to the lowest pay at around $75K. Close-by San Francisco, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. are also desirable cities among SCU alumni.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for SCU grads with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) (average earnings climb to $175K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) ($59K on average annually).


Just under a fifth of grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Knowledge of Legal Compliance seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 68 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($140K). Competency in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Financial Analysis also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, slightly more than one-third of grads report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. Most graduates opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Most respondents receive health insurance, and a strong majority of survey participants get dental coverage. 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

Median pay for Monterey Institute of International Studies grads is around $75K, making their salaries most similar to those of SCU grads. Saint Marys College of California, California Lutheran University, and Antioch University-Los Angeles are also similar to SCU.

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