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

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than the University of California. It is a university based in Santa Barbara, Calif. that is ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) Alumni

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Mechanical Engineer
10 salaries
Account Executive
7 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
7 salaries
Office Manager
6 salaries
6 salaries
Account Manager
6 salaries
Marketing Manager
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 633
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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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include software as a service (SAAS) development, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, and the aerospace and defense industry. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Median pay for those who graduated from the UCSB amounts to approximately $63K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in about $73K after graduating from UCSB, the average woman earns only $58K.


UCSB grads who become Mechanical Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $70K annually. However, Staff Accountants and Account Executives also rank as top-earners (bringing in $59K and around $55K, respectively). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Marketing Coordinators — they bring in $36K.


Many UCSB students are San Francisco, Calif.-bound following college. San Jose, Calif. is also a common destination for UCSB grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $96K. Los Angeles, Calif. is a popular spot for former UCSB students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $59K. Other popular cities for UCSB alumni include nearby Santa Barbara, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) leads to the highest pay for UCSB grads ($104K on average per year). Those holding a B.A. in Video & Media Studies are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $38K on average per year.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among UCSB alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, around one in seven former students report doing so. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Gauchos — they earn 17 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Most survey participants participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of graduates, and most alums report health coverage. University of California grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Median pay for Arizona State University grads is $65K, 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.

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SAT Scores 1640 2000
ACT Scores 24 29

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


49 %
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$36,512 - $82,618
$44,332 - $101,613
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 votes.
$37,753 - $86,559
$62,314 - $125,688
$44,044 - $90,881
$37,014 - $82,228
$35,287 - $76,458
$45,604 - $101,130
$49,316 - $150,085

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