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Average Salary for University of California - Irvine (UCI) Alumni

Attending the University of California, a public research university based in Irvine, Calif., can pay off for students in the long run, with a ranking in the top 7 percent of universities by ROI. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of California - Irvine (UCI) Details


501 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697


Also Known As:

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

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State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

86 %


30 %

% Stay In State:

89 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

40 %
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Graduates of the UC Irvine are found working in a number of different fields including the medical device manufacturing industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the education industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the software development industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of UC Irvine is about $66K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $60K where the average male graduate hauls home $75K.


Former UC Irvine students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to $119K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Developers ($78K) and Software Engineers (around $77K). Sliding in near the bottom are Operations Managers, who report earnings of approximately $67K.


Irvine is such a great city that UC Irvine alumni tend to stick around after wrapping up their studies, with just under a fourth of grads staying on to find permanent work. The top-paying city popular with UC Irvine alumni is San Jose, which offers median salaries of $81K. Home to the lowest median salary for UC Irvine alumni is Los Angeles, a popular place for former students despite its $66K average paycheck. Other cities of interest among UC Irvine alumni include nearby San Francisco and San Diego.


Graduates of UC Irvine can earn the biggest bucks at Broadcom Corporation (around $124K). In contrast, below-average pay is the norm at the University of California, Irvine (UCI); median compensation there comes out to approximately $51K.

Degree Major

UC Irvine students with a medical degree can expect to make the most money ($200K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A B.A. in Sociology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $44K.


Microsoft Excel is a common skill among UC Irvine alumni — nearly one-eighth of grads mention using it at work. Knowledge of SQL seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 37 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $90K). Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-third of alumni for sick time. The greater part of alumni save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to the greater part of former students, and most survey participants also receive dental coverage. University of California alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages approximately $65K for University of California alumni, making their earnings most comparable to UC Irvine grads. 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 1530 1920
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats



41 %

female alumni


59 %

male alumni
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