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. This report is based on the responses of UCSC graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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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 UCSC alumni find work in an assortment of industries including software as a service (SAAS) development, IT services, and the education industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the environmental consulting industry. Former UCSC graduates bring in $69K on average.


A large number of students head to Santa Cruz, Calif. after college. UCSC alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Jose, Calif., which offers a median salary of $114K. Though San Francisco, Calif. takes the cake for lowest pay among UCSC grads (the median salary is approximately $77K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other common destinations for UCSC grads include close-by San Diego, Calif. and New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) leads to the highest pay for UCSC grads (about $86K on average per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) — their annual income amounts to $55K on average.


C programming Language commands a pay premium of 67 percent for former Banana Slugs. Many former UCSC students are familiar with Project Management, and approximately one-sixth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Java, and Microsoft Office are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one in six survey participants get paid sick time. A fair number of grads receive health insurance, and a majority of former students get dental coverage. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a strong majority of grads contribute to a 401(k). Additional perks enjoyed by University of California grads include a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, flexible hours, and stock options.

Related Schools

University of California grads report the most similar salaries to UCSC alums, earning $69K on average. The University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of California-Los Angeles are also similar to UCSC.

Test Scores

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

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


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$37,500 - $83,495
$50,868 - $86,078

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$51,521 - $92,625

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