University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) Alumni Average Salary

Around 16,000 people attend the University of California, a institution based in Santa Cruz, Calif. The figures in this overview come from the responses of UCSC grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Executive Assistant
4 salaries
Marketing Director
4 salaries
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
Staff Software Engineer
3 salaries
Staff Accountant
3 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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About This School

1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)


State School, Research University

73 %

20 %

89 %

51 %

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The UCSC alumni can most commonly be found in software as a service (SAAS) development, the education industry, and IT services, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular career sector among alumni is the software development industry. Those with a degree from the UCSC make an average of $58K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid UCSC alumni, making $135K on average every year, though Marketing Directors ($123K), and Senior Accountants (about $79K) are not far behind. Accounts Payable Specialists face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $38K.


The most popular destination for former UCSC students is San Francisco, Calif. Mountain View, Calif. is also a common destination for UCSC grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $98K. On the other hand, UCSC alumni who end up in Los Angeles, Calif. receive the lowest median salary of approximately $53K. Graduates of UCSC also relocate to San Jose, Calif., which is not far away, and Santa Cruz, Calif.

Degree Major

A B.A. in Biology leads to the highest pay for UCSC grads ($135K on average per year). Those holding a B.A. in Anthropology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $41K on average per year.


UCSC grads are usually competent in Project Management, and close to a seventh of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Former Banana Slugs with Java abilities can expect to make 66 percent more than their former classmates (around $96K). Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in four survey participants, respectively). Most graduates receive health insurance, and a fair number of alums get dental coverage. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Graduates of University of California are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of California pick up average paychecks of about $57K, which is closest to the amount made by UCSC grads among similar schools. The University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Davis, and the University of California-Santa Barbara are also similar to UCSC.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1430 1840
ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats for University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC)


49 %
51 %
$39,530 - $84,239
$37,469 - $95,152
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.
$40,993 - $94,713
$51,064 - $118,014
$34,744 - $73,698
$35,745 - $74,030
$30,410 - $89,000

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