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

Around 24,000 undergrads attend the University of California, a school in Irvine, Calif.. The school sits in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Anteaters!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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University of California - Irvine (UCI) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Software Engineer
16 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
12 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
Software Developer
7 salaries
Marketing Manager
6 salaries
Administrative Assistant
5 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 512
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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the software development industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the education industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. Among UC Irvine grads, the medical device manufacturing industry is a commonly chosen career field. Those with a degree from the UC Irvine make an average of around $64K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $75K per year, but the second group takes home only $60K.


The UC Irvine alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of approximately $118K. Software Engineers and Software Developers draw in a fair amount as well — $84K and $78K, respectively. Administrative Assistants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at about $37K.


Many UC Irvine alumni seem to stick around Irvine after wrapping up their studies; nearly one in five grads remain to find permanent work. In addition, former UC Irvine students often head to San Jose, Calif. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $85K in this top-paying city. 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. Nearby San Francisco, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for UC Irvine grads.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate UC Irvine grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $153K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in History — their annual income amounts to around $41K on average.


Microsoft Excel is a common skill among UC Irvine alumni — one-eighth of grads mention using it at work. Former Anteaters with SQL experience garner salaries that are 55 percent more than other grads' salaries. In addition, those who are savvy in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. Most survey participants have medical plans, and a strong majority of alums have dental insurance. Most grads opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. 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

Among alumni of similar schools, Arizona State University grads (who make an average of approximately $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.

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SAT Scores 1480 1890
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats for University of California - Irvine (UCI)


41 %
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$36,001 - $83,430
$42,170 - $102,520
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.
$39,644 - $98,949
$36,799 - $89,000
$46,978 - $92,523
$35,235 - $90,402
$31,424 - $129,500

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