The software development industry, IT services, and the civil engineering services industry are just a few of the areas in which the UC Irvine grads find work. Among UC Irvine grads, the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is a commonly chosen career field. Median pay for those who graduated from the UC Irvine amounts to about $68K.
The most lucrative professionals among UC Irvine alumni are Energy Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $86K. Also nearing the top of the pay scale at approximately $85K are Software Engineers. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Software Developers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $76K.
Many UC Irvine alumni remain in Irvine after graduation; about one in five grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. Seattle, Wash. is another hot spot for UC Irvine grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $116K). UC Irvine alumni in San Jose, Calif. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $54K. Close-by Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. are also desirable cities among UC Irvine alumni.
With a median annual earnings of around $109K per year, former Anteaters who have a Master of Science (MS), Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) are the best paid among the alumni population. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Psychology — their annual income amounts to $36K on average.
UC Irvine grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and roughly one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Anteaters — they earn 42 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Project Management.
Benefits and Perks
Paid vacation days are a given for more than half of respondents, but only two-fifths of alumni are rewarded with paid sick leave. A large number of survey participants set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Most respondents receive health insurance, and a strong majority of respondents get dental coverage. Additional benefits handed to University of California alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
University of California grads report the most similar salaries to UC Irvine alums, earning approximately $69K 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.