Average Salary for Santa Clara University Alumni

Around 5,000 people attend Santa Clara University, a Roman Catholic institution based in Santa Clara, Calif. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Broncos!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. The data for this snapshot was collected from SCU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

51
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

27
out of 402
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for For Sports Fans

14
out of 346

Typical Early Career Salary

$56,600
Santa Clara University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
7 salaries
$95,000  
   
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
$127,694  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
$125,000  
Account Executive
5 salaries
$75,000  
Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
$66,466  
Sales Engineer
4 salaries
$85,000  
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
$73,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
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About This School

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

5,435

Private School, Religious, For Sports Fans

84 %

15 %

80 %

12 %


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Industry

Professionally, software as a service (SAAS) development, the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry, and IT services are popular business areas among SCU alumni. The software development industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. SCU alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries; they also score high on the SATs and boast an impressive rate of graduation. Those with an education from SCU earn an average of $81K.

Gender

After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average approximately $91K per year compared to females' $72K.

Jobs

SCU grads who become Senior Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average around $128K annually. However, Senior Mechanical Engineers and Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $125K and about $95K, respectively). Mechanical Engineers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $66K.

Locations

Many SCU students are San Jose, Calif.-bound following college. The top-paying city popular with SCU alumni is Palo Alto, Calif., which offers a median salary of about $124K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among SCU grads is Seattle, Wash. (median compensation is $58K). Close-by San Francisco, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif. are also desirable cities among SCU alumni.

Degree Major

A Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) leads to the highest pay for SCU grads (around $164K on average per year). A Bachelor of Science in Biology offers the lowest median annual financial reward (approximately $50K).

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among SCU alumni, with around a sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. For former Broncos, proficiency in Product Development warrants a paycheck that is 42 percent more than other alumni salaries. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Health benefits extend to most survey participants, and most alumni also receive dental coverage. Most alums save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Santa Clara University alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Monterey Institute of International Studies graduates, who earn $73K on average, make a similar amount to SCU grads. 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

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %
Salary
$40,996 - $97,200
Salary
$50,688 - $122,834
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
$54,738 - $123,267
$42,500 - $98,294
$68,510 - $147,206
$52,993 - $137,707
$51,521 - $134,815

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