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

When it comes to ROI, the University of California, a public research school located in Irvine, Calif., with around 22,000 students, ranks in the top 7 percent of universities — students enjoy incredible value for their tuition dollars. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Anteaters!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. The data for this snapshot was collected from UC Irvine graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of California - Irvine (UCI) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
23 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
14 salaries
Marketing Manager
9 salaries
Software Developer
8 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
6 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 671
United States (change)

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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Former UC Irvine students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the software development industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the education industry. The most popular field is the medical device manufacturing industry. Typical pay for those who graduated from UC Irvine amounts to about $66K.


Male graduates of UC Irvine out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $76K versus $59K for women.


UC Irvine grads who become Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $119K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Developers and Software Engineers; their salaries approach $78K and approximately $77K, respectively. Manufacturing Engineers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of around $57K in this job.


UC Irvine alumni typically remain in Irvine, the city they've grown to love, after graduation, and roughly a fifth of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. In addition, former UC Irvine students often head to Orange after graduating, where typical salaries come to $77K in this top-paying city. On the other hand, UC Irvine alumni who end up in Los Angeles receive the lowest median salaries of $66K. Other popular cities for UC Irvine alumni include nearby San Francisco and San Diego.


Amazon.com Inc offers the most generous salaries to UC Irvine grads at approximately $100K. Salaries are decidedly lower at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), though, where employees earn around $51K on average.

Degree Major

UC Irvine grads who hold a medical degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $200K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Sociology tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making $44K per year.


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among UC Irvine alumni, with about an eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. Competency in SQL translates into above-average pay for former Anteaters — they earn 37 percent more than their fellow graduates. Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, the greater part of respondents contribute to a 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a solid majority of graduates, and a fair portion of alumni sign up for dental plans. Alumni of University of California also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of California graduates, who earn about $65K on average, make a similar amount 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.

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 %
$37,140 - $80,131
$43,253 - $100,835
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 291 votes.
$59,236 - $150,000
$93,138 - $111,261
$80,520 - $107,249
$40,262 - $99,904
$38,701 - $86,188
$41,219 - $95,582
$41,078 - $104,433
$39,453 - $83,588

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