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

Ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment, the University of California is a university based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and it's home to around 19,000 undergraduates. This summary is derived from information given by UCSB grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

158
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

57
out of 408
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

21
out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

$47,000
University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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.
)
$0$23K$46K$69K
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
$66,977  
   
Account Executive
8 salaries
$52,402  
Account Manager
8 salaries
$50,376  
Accountant
8 salaries
$45,882  
Staff Accountant
8 salaries
$55,000  
Office Manager
7 salaries
$41,822  
Marketing Coordinator
7 salaries
$36,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 741

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About This School

5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

www.admissions.ucsb.edu/

19,362

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

81 %

16 %

86 %

41 %


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Industry

Graduates of the UCSB work in a variety of sectors including software as a service (SAAS) development, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, and the aerospace and defense industry. The most popular field is the education industry. Following graduation, UCSB students earn an average of $62K.

Gender

It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $57K whereas the men's median is about $73K.

Jobs

In the UCSB alumni professional community, Software Engineers make the highest median pay ($72K), though Mechanical Engineers (around $67K), and Staff Accountants (approximately $55K) are close competitors. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Office Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $45K.

Locations

Many UCSB grads flock to San Francisco, Calif. UCSB grads also flock to San Jose, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $94K). On the far end of the pay scale, UCSB alumni often reside in Los Angeles, Calif., which is home to the lowest pay at $60K. Nearby Santa Barbara, Calif. is also a top pick for UCSB grads, as is San Diego, Calif.

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. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Video & Media Studies are the lowest of the pack, earning approximately $38K.

Skills

Around one in seven UCSB grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. For former Gauchos, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 30 percent more than other alumni salaries. Other prime know-hows 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. Most alumni opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health coverage is awarded to most graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of alumni as well. University of California alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

University of California graduates, who earn around $60K on average, make a similar amount 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.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1640 2000
ACT Scores 24 29

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

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %
Salary
$35,890 - $80,869
Salary
$43,326 - $101,311
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.
$36,947 - $85,933
$62,898 - $126,208
$43,724 - $91,999
$36,721 - $84,909
$34,733 - $78,177
$43,459 - $99,442
$41,217 - $149,047

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