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Average Salary for Santa Clara University Alumni

Santa Clara University is a Roman Catholic university based in Santa Clara, Calif. that is home to around 5,000 undergraduates. 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. Replies from former SCU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Typical Early Career Salary

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Senior Product Manager
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Account Executive
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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; software as a service (SAAS) development, the software services industry, and the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the software development industry. True to type, SCU alumni go from receiving above-average SAT scores to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Those with a degree from SCU tend to make around $83K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn $90K per year compared to females' approximately $74K.


The biggest paychecks among SCU alumni are earned by Senior Software Engineers — these former students make $123K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Senior Product Managers ($118K) and Software Engineers ($89K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Account Executives; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $69K.


Many SCU grads end up living in San Jose, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. It is also not uncommon to find former SCU students living and working in Palo Alto — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $113K. Seattle is a popular spot for former SCU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $72K. In addition, SCU grads flock to neighboring San Francisco as well as Santa Clara.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for SCU grads with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) (earnings climb to about $133K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Biology ($51K annually).


For former Broncos, proficiency in Product Development warrants a paycheck that is 47 percent more than other alumni salaries. Nearly one-sixth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of respondents have medical plans, and a strong majority of survey participants have dental insurance. A solid majority of alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Graduates of Santa Clara University are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of California Lutheran University pick up average paychecks of approximately $70K, which is closest to the amount made by SCU grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to SCU include Saint Marys College of California, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 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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