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. Replies from former UCSC students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
9 salaries
Executive Assistant
5 salaries
Senior Accountant
4 salaries
Marketing Manager
4 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
4 salaries
Accounts Payable Specialist
3 salaries
Sales Engineer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318

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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

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Former UCSC students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the education industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and IT services. The software development industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. 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 around $135K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Senior Accountants (approximately $79K) and Software Engineers (about $68K). Office Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $38K.


Many UCSC grads flock to San Francisco, Calif. With a median salary of $96K, Mountain View, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among UCSC grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among UCSC grads is Los Angeles, Calif. (median compensation is $53K). 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 Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UCSC can rake in a whopping average $125K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those with a B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average around $42K per year.


Roughly a seventh of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Banana Slugs who have experience with JavaScript can expect to make 70 percent more than other alumni ($97K on average). Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of former students have medical plans, and a strong majority of alums have dental insurance. Most survey participants set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. University of California grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

University of California grads report the most similar salaries to UCSC alums, earning about $57K on average. The University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Davis, and the University of California-Santa Barbara 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)


49 %
51 %
$38,676 - $80,137
$38,472 - $94,160
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.
$39,741 - $92,947
$45,615 - $110,000
$36,256 - $68,869
$36,000 - $71,843
$37,000 - $66,129

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