SCU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the construction industry, the manufacturing industry, and the computer data storage services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in software as a service (SAAS) development. Consistent with the high SAT scores reported by SCU alumni, former students go on to earn high salaries. SCU graduates see an average starting salary of $82K.
SCU grads who become Project Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making a median salary of $66K yearly.
San Francisco, Calif. is a hub for SCU graduates — a large number call this city home. SCU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Cupertino, Calif., which offers a median salary of approximately $112K. On the other hand, SCU alumni who end up in San Jose, Calif. receive the lowest median salary of $75K. Other common destinations include Seattle, Wash. and Palo Alto, Calif.
Financial compensation is highest for SCU grads with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) (average earnings climb to about $175K per year). A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $59K.
Former Broncos with Legal Compliance experience garner salaries that are 71 percent more than other grads' salaries. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SCU alumni, with slightly less than one-fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Budget Management.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; slightly more than half of the survey participants report receiving the former, but only two-fifths of alumni report receiving the latter. For this school, a large number of alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of former students pick up dental plans, too. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most respondents contribute to a 401(k). Other benefits awarded to Santa Clara University alumni include a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and stock purchase plan.
Compensation averages around $75K for Monterey Institute of International Studies alumni, making their earnings most comparable to SCU grads. Other schools similar to SCU include Saint Marys College of California, California Lutheran University, and Antioch University-Los Angeles.