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

Nestled away in Santa Cruz, Calif., the University of California, a school, has a student population of roughly 16,000. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the UCSC grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Executive Assistant
5 salaries
Senior Accountant
4 salaries
Marketing Director
4 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
4 salaries
Accounts Payable Specialist
3 salaries
Sales Engineer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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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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Graduates of the UCSC go into software as a service (SAAS) development, the software development industry, and the manufacturing industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. Former UCSC graduates bring in $57K on average.


The biggest paychecks among UCSC alumni are earned by Senior Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of about $135K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Marketing Directors ($123K) and Senior Accountants ($79K). Executive Assistants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of around $60K in this job.


San Francisco, Calif. is filled with UCSC grads. Mountain View, Calif. is another hot spot for UCSC grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $98K). Los Angeles, Calif. is a popular spot for former UCSC students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $51K. UCSC alumni express interest in nearby San Jose, Calif. and Santa Cruz, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UCSC grads with a B.A. in Biology (average earnings climb to $135K per year). Those with a B.A. in Anthropology face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $41K per year.


Former Banana Slugs with Java experience garner salaries that are 63 percent more than other grads' salaries. UCSC alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with one-sixth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of respondents, and most respondents report health coverage. A large number of alums report contributing to a 401(k). Alumni of University of California also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of California grads is $57K, making their salaries most similar to those of UCSC grads. 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

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SAT Scores 1430 1840
ACT Scores 20 26

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


49 %
51 %
$39,341 - $82,876
$37,309 - $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 98 votes.
$40,993 - $94,713
$52,359 - $114,280
$35,262 - $68,163
$36,065 - $70,500
$30,639 - $87,455

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