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

The University of California is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Irvine, Calif., the school is ranked in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. 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 report is based on the responses of UC Irvine graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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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
22 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
14 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Marketing Manager
10 salaries
Software Developer
8 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
6 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 634

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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 majority of alumni accept jobs in the medical device manufacturing industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UC Irvine is approximately $65K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is about $76K, but the median for the latter is only $60K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid UC Irvine alumni, making $115K on average every year, though Software Engineers ($87K), and Project Engineers (around $73K) are not far behind. Manufacturing Engineers pick up $55K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Irvine is a popular place for UC Irvine students to settle after graduation, and one-fifth of grads find steadfast employment in the city. It is no surprise that Orange, Calif., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $79K), is another of the most popular spots for former UC Irvine students. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with UC Irvine alumni is Newport Beach, Calif., which offers a median salary of $52K. Other common destinations for UC Irvine grads include close-by Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate UC Irvine grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $175K on average per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Sociology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $41K on average per year.


Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is common among UC Irvine alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, roughly an eighth of former students report doing so. Former Anteaters with SQL abilities can expect to make 52 percent more than their former classmates (around $98K). Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of respondents, and a large number of grads report health coverage. Graduates of University of California are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Arizona State University grads report the most similar salaries to UC Irvine alums, earning $65K on average. 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)


42 %
58 %
$36,711 - $80,584
$43,050 - $102,581
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 187 votes.
$40,381 - $102,160
$36,859 - $85,922
$47,344 - $96,032
$39,000 - $89,462
$43,384 - $82,079

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