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

Around 24,000 people attend the University of California, a institution based in La Jolla, Calif. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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University of California - San Diego (UCSD) 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
44 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
20 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
14 salaries
Electrical Engineer
14 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Software Developer
8 salaries
Process Engineer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 873

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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 work in a variety of sectors including the software development industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the education industry. The biotechnology research and development industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Following graduation, UCSD students earn an average of $67K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $79K per year compared to females' approximately $59K.


The most lucrative professionals among UCSD alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $106K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at around $87K and about $74K, respectively, are Software Engineers and Software Developers. User Experience Designers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $57K.


Home to a large number of UCSD alums, San Diego, Calif. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. The top-paying city popular with UCSD alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of about $85K. On the far end of the pay scale, UCSD alumni often reside in Los Angeles, Calif., which is home to the lowest pay at $59K. Close-by San Francisco, Calif. and San Jose, Calif. are also desirable cities among UCSD alumni.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid UCSD alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) — they earn close to $114K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Management Science ($48K on average annually).


UCSD grads are usually competent in Project Management, and around one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. C++ commands a pay premium of 44 percent for former Tritons. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Most former students set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. A large number of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of former students receive dental plans, too. University of California grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of California graduates, who earn approximately $67K on average, make a similar amount to UCSD grads. The University of California-Riverside, the University of California-Los Angeles, and the University of California-Santa Barbara are also similar to UCSD.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1750 2080
ACT Scores 25 31

Key Stats for University of California - San Diego (UCSD)


45 %
55 %
$37,878 - $81,120
$48,027 - $103,385
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 218 votes.
$99,702 - $117,954
$63,725 - $114,783
$74,796 - $110,000
$40,880 - $90,215
$43,314 - $103,042
$35,553 - $92,954
$45,615 - $120,621
$41,013 - $97,436

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