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

Around 19,000 undergrads attend the University of California, a school in Santa Barbara, Calif.. The school sits in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. This summary is derived from information given by UCSB grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Senior Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
5 salaries
Account Manager
4 salaries
Electrical Engineer
4 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 431
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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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The UCSB alumni can most commonly be found in software as a service (SAAS) development, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, and the software development industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Those with an education from the UCSB earn an average of about $63K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes approximately $59K where the average male graduate hauls home $73K.


Former UCSB students with an interest in making money consider becoming Mechanical Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $70K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Marketing Managers ($68K) and Account Managers ($59K). Marketing Coordinators get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of around $36K in this job.


San Francisco, Calif. is a hub for UCSB graduates — a large number call this city home. UCSB grads also flock to San Jose, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $88K). On the other hand, UCSB alumni who end up in Los Angeles, Calif. receive the lowest median salary of $59K. Close-by Santa Barbara, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. are also desirable cities among UCSB alumni.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) will compensate UCSB grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $104K 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.


Around one in seven UCSB grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Gauchos with Engineering Design abilities can expect to make 27 percent more than their former classmates (around $80K). Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. Most survey participants participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. A large number of alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of grads 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 free drinks.

Related Schools

Compensation averages approximately $65K for Arizona State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to UCSB grads. 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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