University of California - San Diego (UCSD) Alumni Average Salary

The University of California, a school in La Jolla, Calif., has roughly 24,000 undergrads. The data for this snapshot was collected from UCSD graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Software Engineer
129 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
61 salaries
Electrical Engineer
35 salaries
Project Engineer
34 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
32 salaries
Research Associate, Biotechnology
30 salaries
Data Analyst
26 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,530

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About This School

9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093

University of California, San Diego, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)


State School, Research University

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Graduates of the UCSD head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the aerospace and defense industry, the entertainment or video game software development industry, and the engineering services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the biotechnology research and development industry. Former UCSD students do not typically enter the software development industry; in fact, less than five percent of graduates find work in this area, making it the least likely field for this group to enter. Those with a degree from the UCSD make an average of $74K.


The most generous salaries among UCSD alumni are reportedly earned by Software Engineering Managers, whose median earnings come to $153K, followed by Senior Clinical Research Associates (approximately $87K) and Mechanical Engineers (around $74K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Research Associates who make an average of $49K.


San Diego, Calif. is a hot spot for UCSD alum. It is also not uncommon to find former UCSD students living and working in Newport Beach, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $108K. Home to the lowest median salary for UCSD alumni is Berkeley, Calif., a popular place for former students despite its about $50K average paycheck. Other cities of interest among UCSD alumni include nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A Bachelor's Degree, Computer Science (CS) & Mathematics earns UCSD students the most money after college (an average $155K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Biology — their annual income amounts to about $50K on average.


Project Management is a popular skill among UCSD alumni, with close to one-seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Product Development seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 80 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $133K). Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just two-fifths of alumni for sick time. Health benefits extend to a large number of former students, and most survey participants also receive dental coverage. A large number of respondents participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. University of California grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Arizona grads (who make an average of $74K) earn salaries most similar to UCSD alumni. Other schools similar to UCSD include the University of California-Irvine, the University of California-Riverside, and the University of California-Los Angeles.

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