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

Ranked in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment, the University of California is a university based in Irvine, Calif., and it's home to around 24,000 undergraduates. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Anteaters!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of California - Irvine (UCI) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
20 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
13 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Software Developer
8 salaries
Marketing Manager
7 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
6 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 577

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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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the software development industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the education industry. The most popular field is the medical device manufacturing industry. Starting salaries of approximately $65K are the median among UC Irvine grads.


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


The UC Irvine alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of about $118K. Software Engineers and Project Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $88K and around $73K, respectively. Manufacturing Engineers pick up $55K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many UC Irvine alumni (roughly a fifth of) end up finding permanent jobs in Irvine. UC Irvine alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of $75K. Home to the lowest median salary for UC Irvine alumni is Newport Beach, Calif., a popular place for former students despite its approximately $46K average paycheck. Other cities of interest among UC Irvine alumni include nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for UC Irvine grads (about $153K on average per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in History — their annual income amounts to $41K on average.


Competency in SQL translates into above-average pay for former Anteaters — they earn 55 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among UC Irvine alumni, with about one in eight workers reporting using it on the job. Proficiency in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) program. Health benefits extend to a large number of former students, and a fair number of respondents also receive dental coverage. University of California alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of California grads (who make an average of around $65K) earn salaries most similar to UC Irvine alumni. The University of California-Riverside, the University of California-Los Angeles, and the University of California-San Diego are also similar to UC Irvine.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1480 1890
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats for University of California - Irvine (UCI)


41 %
59 %
$36,346 - $80,947
$42,629 - $102,649
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 167 votes.
$39,991 - $99,020
$36,661 - $88,687
$46,540 - $94,031
$38,738 - $90,402
$31,943 - $124,569

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