University of California - Irvine (UCI) Alumni Average Salary

The University of California is a school located in Irvine, Calif. with around 24,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Anteaters!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Software Engineer
93 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
37 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
30 salaries
Marketing Manager
21 salaries
Software Developer
20 salaries
Project Engineer
19 salaries
Financial Analyst
16 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,920

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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 IT services, the software development industry, and the civil engineering services industry. The most popular field is the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Graduates of the UC Irvine earn $69K on average.


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. Software Developers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $76K.


Upon earning their degrees, many UC Irvine grads prefer to remain in Irvine; in fact, nearly one-fifth of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. With a median salary of $108K, Sacramento, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among UC Irvine grads. On the other end, UC Irvine grads flock to Los Angeles, Calif., which actually offers the weakest median salary of about $66K. Other cities of interest among UC Irvine alumni include nearby San Diego, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) earns UC Irvine students the most money after college (an average around $109K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Psychology — their annual income amounts to $36K on average.


Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 43 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $98K). Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is common among UC Irvine alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, about a seventh of former students report doing so. Other top skills include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Although a majority of alums are compensated for vacation days, only two-fifths of alumni are paid for sick time. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of graduates, and a large number of survey participants report health coverage. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Additional perks enjoyed by University of California grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of California grads is $69K, making their salaries most similar to those of 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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