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

Ranked in the top 8 percent of universities by ROI, the University of California is a public research university based in Santa Barbara, Calif., home to around 19,000 undergraduates. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) Alumni

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Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
Software Engineer
12 salaries
Account Manager
9 salaries
Office Manager
8 salaries
Account Executive
8 salaries
Staff Accountant
8 salaries
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 814

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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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Graduates of the UCSB are found working in a number of different fields including software as a service (SAAS) development, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, and the software development industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Those with an education from UCSB earn an average of around $61K.


Male graduates of UCSB out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $73K versus $56K for women.


The most generous salaries among UCSB alumni are reportedly earned by Software Engineers, whose earnings come to $80K, followed by Marketing Managers (about $66K) and Mechanical Engineers (approximately $65K). On the lower end, Accountants report making $47K.


UCSB alumni do not feel the need to relocate after graduation, and about an eighth of grads find stable employment in Santa Barbara. San Jose is also a common destination for UCSB grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $98K. Though Los Angeles takes the cake for lowest pay among UCSB grads (the median salary is $60K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Neighboring San Francisco is another common pick among UCSB grads, along with San Diego.

Degree Major

UCSB grads who hold a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $105K per year. A B.A. in Video & Media Studies is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $38K.


Former Gauchos with Engineering Design abilities can expect to make 27 percent more than their former classmates (approximately $78K). Around a seventh of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. The greater part of alumni receive health insurance, and a fair portion of graduates get dental coverage. A solid majority of alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Graduates of University of California are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of California grads is $60K, making their salaries most similar to those of UCSB grads. The University of California-Los Angeles, the University of California-Riverside, and the University of California-Irvine are also similar to UCSB.

Test Scores

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SAT Scores 1640 2000
ACT Scores 24 29

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


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$35,388 - $77,672
$42,276 - $101,715
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 355 votes.
$43,017 - $89,908
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$34,483 - $83,589
$41,022 - $98,633
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