Average Salary for University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of California, a university based in Santa Barbara, Calif.. The school is ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) 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.
Mechanical Engineer
10 salaries
Account Manager
8 salaries
Account Executive
7 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
7 salaries
Office Manager
7 salaries
7 salaries
Staff Accountant
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 683
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About This School

5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)



State School, Research University, Party School, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the software services industry are popular business areas among the UCSB alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. Starting salaries of around $63K are the median among UCSB grads.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $73K, but the median for the latter is only $58K.


Among UCSB graduates, the biggest earners are Mechanical Engineers, who haul in approximately $67K on average. Next on the list are Account Executives and Staff Accountants, bringing in about $55K each. Marketing Coordinators face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $36K.


San Francisco, Calif. is a hot spot for UCSB alum. San Jose, Calif. is also a common destination for UCSB grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $96K. On the other end, UCSB grads flock to Los Angeles, Calif., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $59K. UCSB alumni express interest in nearby Santa Barbara, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) will compensate UCSB grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $105K on average per year. Those with a B.A. in Video & Media Studies face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $38K per year.


Many former UCSB students are familiar with Project Management, and one-seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Engineering Design translates into above-average pay for former Gauchos — they earn 30 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of grads take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of respondents, and a fair number of former students sign up for dental plans. Other benefits awarded to University of California alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Arizona State University grads (who make an average of $65K) earn salaries most similar to UCSB alumni. The University of California-Los Angeles, the University of California-Riverside, and the University of California-Irvine are also similar to UCSB.

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ACT Scores 24 29

Key Stats for University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB)


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Job Satisfaction

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