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

Nestled away in Santa Cruz, Calif., the University of California, a school, has a student population of roughly 16,000. The figures in this rundown were provided by UCSC alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Software Engineer
37 salaries
Account Manager
15 salaries
Operations Manager
15 salaries
Executive Assistant
9 salaries
Accounting Manager
8 salaries
Financial Analyst
8 salaries
Marketing Manager
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 956
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1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)


State School, Research University

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The software development industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the education industry are just a few of the areas in which the UCSC grads find work. The most popular career sector among alumni is IT services. Graduates of the UCSC earn around $63K on average.


UCSC grads who become Marketing Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $120K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Professors and Product Managers of Software; their salaries approach $95K and $90K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Accounts Payable Specialists, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at about $38K.


Many UCSC grads flock to San Francisco, Calif. In addition, former UCSC students often head to Mountain View, Calif. after graduating, where the median salary comes to approximately $105K in this top-paying city. 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 $45K. Nearby San Jose, Calif. and Santa Cruz, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for UCSC grads.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology from UCSC can rake in a whopping average $128K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Film Production — their annual income amounts to $40K on average.


Former Banana Slugs with JavaScript abilities can expect to make 40 percent more than their former classmates (approximately $88K). UCSC alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with nearly one in eight grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one-third of alumni and one-fifth of alumni, respectively). A large number of alumni save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A large number of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of alumni receive dental plans, too. University of California grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and stock options.

Related Schools

University of California grads report the most similar salaries to UCSC alums, earning $65K on average. Other schools similar to UCSC include the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Davis, and the University of California-Los Angeles.

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


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