Former UCSD students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the aerospace and defense industry, the entertainment or video game software development industry, and the engineering services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the biotechnology research and development industry. Very few UCSD grads go into the software development industry; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UCSD is $74K.
Among UCSD alumni, those working as Software Engineering Managers report the highest median pay of $153K, followed by Mechanical Engineers (about $74K), and Software Engineers ($73K). Research Associates get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $49K in this job.
Many UCSD students are San Diego, Calif.-bound following college. Newport Beach, Calif. is another hot spot for UCSD grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to around $108K). On the far end of the pay scale, UCSD alumni often reside in Berkeley, Calif., which is home to the lowest pay at $50K. Other common destinations for UCSD grads include close-by Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif.
With a median annual earnings of around $155K per year, former Tritons who have a Bachelor's Degree, Computer Science (CS) & Mathematics are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in Economics commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $50K.
Many UCSD grads have knowledge of Microsoft Excel, with one-seventh of alumni using this program on the clock. For former Tritons, proficiency in Product Development warrants a paycheck that is 77 percent more than other alumni salaries. Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
As for time away from work, slightly less than half of the alums are compensated for vacation days, but only two-fifths of alumni can take paid time off due to illness. It is no small feat that the vast majority of respondents are given health coverage, and most survey participants accept dental insurance. Almost all respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Additional benefits handed to University of California alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.
Alumni of University of Arizona pick up average paychecks of approximately $73K, which is closest to the amount made by UCSD grads among similar schools. The University of California-Irvine, the University of California-Riverside, and the University of California-Los Angeles are also similar to UCSD.