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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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 
$0$24K$48K$72K
Mechanical Engineer
10 salaries
$69,677  
   
Account Executive
7 salaries
$55,000  
Marketing Coordinator
7 salaries
$36,174  
Office Manager
6 salaries
$41,043  
Accountant
6 salaries
$45,882  
Account Manager
6 salaries
$59,000  
Marketing Manager
6 salaries
$67,500  
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)

www.admissions.ucsb.edu/

19,362

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

81 %

16 %

86 %

41 %


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Industry

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.

Gender

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.

Jobs

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.

Locations

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.

Skills

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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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
49 %
Male
51 %
Salary
$36,512 - $82,618
Salary
$44,332 - $101,613
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

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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