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. The figures in this overview come from the responses of SCU grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
26 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
20 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
18 salaries
Financial Analyst
17 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
15 salaries
Project Engineer
15 salaries
Product Marketing Manager
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,109
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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 software development industry, IT services, and the health care industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is 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. Graduates of SCU earn $78K on average.


The biggest paychecks among SCU alumni are earned by Senior Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of around $131K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Account Executives ($89K) and Sales Engineers ($86K). Inside Sales Representatives pick up approximately $43K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many SCU grads flock to San Jose, Calif. Palo Alto, Calif. is another hot spot for SCU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $126K). On the other hand, SCU alumni who end up in Fremont, Calif. receive the lowest median salary of about $68K. In addition, SCU grads flock to neighboring San Francisco, Calif. as well as Seattle, Wash.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance will compensate SCU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $160K on average per year. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Biology face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $44K per year.


About a sixth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in C++ translates into above-average pay for former Broncos — they earn 60 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of alumni, and a large number of former students sign up for dental plans. To plan for old age, a large number of grads maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Santa Clara University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, free drinks, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Monterey Institute of International Studies grads report the most similar salaries to SCU alums, earning $70K on average. Other schools similar to SCU include Saint Marys College of California, California Lutheran University, and Antioch University-Los Angeles.

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