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 data for this synopsis comes from former UCSC students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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College ROI Report

310th

20 Year Net ROI 

$349,000

Annual ROI 

6.6%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$135,000

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College Salary Report

219th

Early Career Salary 

$50,900

Mid-Career Salary 

$88,600

% High Meaning 

58 %

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University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
45 salaries
$93,880  
   
Operations Manager
15 salaries
$60,882  
Account Manager
11 salaries
$50,050  
Executive Assistant
10 salaries
$44,829  
Financial Analyst
9 salaries
$69,411  
Geologist
8 salaries
$67,375  
Senior Software Engineer
8 salaries
$122,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 962

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About This School

1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

admissions.ucsc.edu/

15,695

State School, Research University

73 %

20 %

89 %

51 %

Industry

Software as a service (SAAS) development, IT services, and the computer hardware and software design industry are just a few of the areas in which the UCSC grads find work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the environmental consulting industry. UCSC graduates see an average starting salary of $67K.

Locations

Santa Cruz, Calif. is a hot spot for UCSC alum. The top-paying city popular with UCSC alumni is San Jose, Calif., which offers a median salary of approximately $114K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with UCSC alumni is San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of about $75K. Other popular cities for UCSC alumni include nearby San Diego, Calif. and New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) leads to the highest pay for UCSC grads ($86K on average per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average around $55K per year.

Skills

For former Banana Slugs, proficiency in Strategic Planning warrants a paycheck that is 34 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Excel is a common skill among UCSC alumni — close to a seventh of grads mention using it at work. Project Management, Microsoft Office, and C++ Programming Language are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A strong majority of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while the larger part of survey participants receive dental plans, too. A strong majority of alumni allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. University of California graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, flexible hours, a company-subsidized cell phone, stock options, and life insurance.

Related Schools

University of Utah grads bring in salaries of around $67K, making them the most similar to UCSC alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to UCSC include the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Davis, and the University of California-Santa Barbara.

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

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %
Salary
$37,500 - $83,495
Salary
$50,507 - $85,105

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%
$51,064 - $95,807

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