University of California - Irvine (UCI) Alumni Average Salary

Around 24,000 undergrads attend the University of California, a school in Irvine, Calif.. The school sits in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Anteaters!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. This report is based on the answers of UC Irvine graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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National Salary Data 
Senior Software Engineer
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Software Engineer
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Mechanical Engineer
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Software Developer
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High School Teacher
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Marketing Manager
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Marketing Analyst
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
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About This School

501 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697

University of California , Irvine, University of California, Irvine (UCI)


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The UC Irvine alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the software development industry, the education industry, and the aerospace and defense industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the medical device manufacturing industry. Median pay for those who graduated from the UC Irvine amounts to approximately $64K.


In the UC Irvine alumni community, men make a median salary of about $75K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $60K.


The biggest paychecks among UC Irvine alumni are earned by Senior Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of around $115K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Software Developers ($94K) and Software Engineers ($78K). Administrative Assistants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $37K in this job.


Upon earning their degrees, many UC Irvine grads prefer to remain in Irvine; in fact, close to a fifth of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. UC Irvine alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Jose, Calif., which offers a median salary of $84K. Los Angeles, Calif. is a popular spot for former UC Irvine students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $63K. Graduates of UC Irvine also relocate to San Francisco, Calif., which is not far away, and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of about $153K per year, former Anteaters who have a medical degree are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($41K).


Competency in SQL translates into above-average pay for former Anteaters — they earn 53 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is common among UC Irvine alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, about one in eight former students report doing so. Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one-third of alumni and one-third of alumni, respectively). A large number of survey participants opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. For this school, a large number of respondents are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of survey participants pick up dental plans, too. Alumni of University of California also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Arizona State University grads report the most similar salaries to UC Irvine alums, earning $65K on average. Other schools similar to UC Irvine include the University of California-Riverside, the University of California-Los Angeles, and the University of California-San Diego.

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SAT Scores 1480 1890
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats for University of California - Irvine (UCI)


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