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

Combining good value and great education, the University of California is ranked in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Irvine, Calif. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Anteaters!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. This summary is derived from information given by UC Irvine grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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University of California - Irvine (UCI) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
13 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
12 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
10 salaries
Marketing Manager
6 salaries
Software Developer
6 salaries
Administrative Assistant
5 salaries
High School Teacher
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 484
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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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Graduates of the UC Irvine work in a variety of sectors including the software development industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the education industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the medical device manufacturing industry. Following graduation, UC Irvine students earn an average of around $65K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes approximately $61K where the average male graduate hauls home about $75K.


Former UC Irvine students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $115K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers ($86K) and Software Developers ($78K). Administrative Assistants pick up $37K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many UC Irvine alumni (nearly one in five) end up finding permanent jobs in Irvine. UC Irvine alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Orange, Calif., which offers a median salary of around $79K. 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 about $63K. Close-by San Francisco, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. are also desirable cities among UC Irvine alumni.

Degree Major

Former Anteaters who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn a median salary of $153K per year. A B.A. in Sociology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $42K.


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among UC Irvine alumni, with close to one-eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. Former Anteaters with SQL abilities can expect to make 54 percent more than their former classmates ($100K). Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one in three grads get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most grads are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of graduates report dental coverage, too. Most alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Other benefits awarded to University of California alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Arizona State University graduates, who earn $65K on average, make a similar amount to UC Irvine grads. The University of California-Riverside, the University of California-Los Angeles, and the University of California-San Diego are also similar to UC Irvine.

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Test Scores

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SAT Scores 1480 1890
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats for University of California - Irvine (UCI)


40 %
60 %
$35,966 - $83,957
$42,317 - $102,408
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 125 votes.
$39,486 - $100,471
$36,712 - $89,575
$46,978 - $92,523
$35,000 - $92,000
$31,424 - $129,500

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