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

The University of California is a school located in Santa Barbara, Calif. with around 19,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks 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$68,000  
Research Scientist$80,500  
Corporate Controller$91,500  
Mechanical Engineer$88,500  
Electrical Engineer$117,500  
Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology$92,500  
Project Engineer$82,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Jul 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87

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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 work in a variety of sectors including the environmental consulting industry, the financial services industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the software development industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UCSB is $71K.


Former UCSB students with an interest in making money consider becoming Electrical Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to around $118K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists ($93K) and Corporate Controllers ($92K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Senior Financial Analysts who make an average of $68K.


UCSB alumni seem to appreciate living in Santa Barbara, and approximately one in five grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. UCSB grads also flock to Menlo Park, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is approximately $125K). On the other end, UCSB grads flock to Oakland, Calif., which actually offers the weakest median salary of about $63K. Other popular cities for UCSB alumni include nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Doctorate (PhD), Computer Science (CS) from UCSB can rake in a whopping average approximately $126K per year, more than any other degree from this school. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average around $40K per year.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among UCSB alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, about one in five former students report doing so. Former Gauchos who have experience with Microsoft Word can expect to make 56 percent more than other alumni (about $110K on average). Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to most respondents, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of alumni as well. Most grads participate in a 401(k) program. Other benefits awarded to University of California alumni include a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and stock options.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of California pick up average paychecks of $69K, which is closest to the amount made by UCSB grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to UCSB include the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of California-Riverside, and the University of California-Irvine.

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SAT Scores 1640 2000
ACT Scores 24 29

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


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$37,647 - $88,362
$39,866 - $104,652

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$39,289 - $104,881
$40,268 - $85,459
$82,000 - $110,000

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