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

The University of California is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Santa Barbara, Calif., the school is ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the UCSB grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Senior Financial Analyst
3 salaries
Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology
2 salaries
Project Engineer
2 salaries
Corporate Controller
2 salaries
Electrical Engineer
2 salaries
Research Scientist
2 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 89

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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 go into the financial services industry, the environmental consulting industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular field is the software development industry. Those with a degree from the UCSB make an average of $71K.


The biggest paychecks among UCSB alumni are earned by Electrical Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $118K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists (around $93K) and Mechanical Engineers ($89K). Senior Financial Analysts face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $68K.


Slightly less than one-fifth of UCSB grads stay in Santa Barbara, Calif., even though it offers the lowest median pay (about $63K). By comparison, the top-paying city popular with UCSB alumni is Menlo Park, Calif., which offers a median salary of approximately $125K. Graduates of UCSB also relocate to San Francisco, Calif., which is not far away, and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD), Computer Science (CS) leads to the highest pay for UCSB grads ($126K on average per year). A B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $40K).


Project Management is a popular skill among UCSB alumni, with just under one in five workers reporting using it on the job. Competency in Microsoft Word translates into above-average pay for former Gauchos — they earn 66 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. Most grads have medical plans, and a strong majority of survey participants have dental insurance. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most graduates contribute to a 401(k). University of California alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and stock options.

Related Schools

University of California grads report the most similar salaries to UCSB alums, earning $73K on average. Other schools similar to UCSB include the University of California-Riverside, the University of California-Irvine, and the University of California-San Diego.

Test Scores

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

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


51 %
49 %
$37,878 - $92,000
$39,693 - $108,589

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$39,191 - $106,105
$40,268 - $85,459
$83,424 - $110,925

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