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

When it comes to ROI, the University of California, a public research school located in Santa Barbara, Calif., with around 19,000 students, ranks in the top 8 percent of universities — students enjoy incredible value for their tuition dollars. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

Overall College ROI Rank

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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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University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) Details

5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)


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The UCSB alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the software development industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry. Former UCSB graduates tend to bring in $61K.


In the UCSB alumni community, men make a median salary of $73K compared to their female counterparts, who earn around $56K.


In the UCSB alumni professional community, Software Engineers make the highest median pay ($75K), though Mechanical Engineers (about $65K), and Marketing Managers (approximately $63K) are close competitors. On the lower end, Office Managers report making $41K.


Graduates of UCSB take pride in the city of Santa Barbara, and about one in eight grads wind up living and working here after graduation. It is no surprise that San Jose, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is approximately $97K), is another of the most popular spots for former UCSB students. For comparison, the lowest paying city popular with UCSB alumni is Los Angeles, which offers median salaries of $60K. Nearby San Francisco and San Diego also rank high on the list of cities for UCSB grads.

Degree Major

UCSB grads who hold a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning about $105K per year. Annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Video & Media Studies are the lowest of the pack, earning $38K.


For former Gauchos, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 27 percent more than other alumni salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among UCSB alumni, with around one in seven grads reporting using it on the job. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. The greater part of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health benefits extend to a strong majority of alumni, and a fair portion of alumni also receive dental coverage. Other benefits that University of California alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

University of California grads bring in salaries of around $60K, making them the most similar to UCSB alumni in terms of earnings. 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 1990
ACT Scores 24 30

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