Santa Clara University Alumni Average Salary

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. This report is based on the responses of SCU graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Project Engineer
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Financial Analyst
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Jun 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the software development industry, the construction industry, and the manufacturing industry. The most popular field is software as a service (SAAS) development. It is typical for SCU grads — a group that usually scores high on the SATs — to earn above-average incomes as well. Following graduation, SCU students earn an average of $80K.


The most lucrative professionals among SCU alumni are Project Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $66K.


San Francisco, Calif. is a hot spot for SCU alum. SCU grads also flock to Cupertino, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $84K). For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with SCU alumni is San Jose, Calif., which offers a median salary of around $75K. Seattle, Wash. and Palo Alto, Calif. are also desirable cities.

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 approximately $175K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) are the lowest of the pack, earning $59K.


Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 23 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($98K). SCU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and slightly less than one-fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Just over half of the survey participants can rely on paid vacation days, but just two-fifths of alumni have the luxury of paid sick time. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of graduates, and most graduates report health coverage. Most alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Santa Clara University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and stock purchase plan.

Related Schools

Monterey Institute of International Studies graduates, who earn around $75K on average, make a similar amount to SCU grads. Other schools similar to SCU include Saint Marys College of California, California Lutheran University, 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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$56,055 - $114,000
$45,781 - $112,678

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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