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

Combining good value and great education, the University of California is ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Santa Barbara, Calif. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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College ROI Report

166th

20 Year Net ROI 

$461,000

Annual ROI 

8.0%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$133,000

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College Salary Report

55th

Early Career Salary 

$50,400

Mid-Career Salary 

$101,000

% High Meaning 

52 %

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University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$31K$62K$93K
Software Engineer
31 salaries
$90,112  
   
Mechanical Engineer
27 salaries
$74,640  
Marketing Manager
22 salaries
$65,640  
Executive Assistant
19 salaries
$60,013  
Financial Analyst
16 salaries
$57,886  
Electrical Engineer
15 salaries
$82,539  
Marketing Director
15 salaries
$85,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,889

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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

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16 %

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Industry

The UCSB alumni can most commonly be found in software as a service (SAAS) development, the financial services industry, and the environmental consulting industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. Among UCSB grads, the software development industry is a commonly chosen career field. Starting salaries of about $72K are the median among UCSB grads.

Jobs

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 ($93K) and Mechanical Engineers (around $89K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Senior Financial Analysts who make an average of $68K.

Locations

UCSB alumni like Santa Barbara so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with slightly less than a fifth of grads staying on to find permanent employment. Menlo Park, Calif. is also a common destination for UCSB grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $125K. Though Santa Monica, Calif. takes the cake for lowest pay among UCSB grads (the median salary is $57K there), it remains a common destination for former students. UCSB alumni express interest in nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

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

Skills

Microsoft Word commands a pay premium of 65 percent for former Gauchos. Just under one in five UCSB grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to most graduates, and a strong majority of grads sign up for dental plans. A large number of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Graduates of University of California are also recipients of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of California grads (who make an average of $73K) earn salaries most similar to UCSB alumni. Other schools similar to UCSB include the University of California-Riverside, the University of California-Irvine, and the University of California-San Diego.

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

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %
Salary
$39,196 - $95,691
Salary
$39,693 - $111,077

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
$39,191 - $99,708
$40,406 - $92,500
$50,335 - $114,030
$39,191 - $106,105
$40,268 - $85,459
$83,424 - $110,925

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