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

The University of California is a university based in Santa Cruz, Calif. that is home to around 16,000 undergraduates. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the UCSC grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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College ROI Report

467th

20 Year Net ROI 

$282,700

Annual ROI 

6.1%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$130,300

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College Salary Report

157th

Early Career Salary 

$48,400

Mid-Career Salary 

$89,300

% High Meaning 

45.0%

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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
9 salaries
$69,644  
   
Executive Assistant
4 salaries
$60,678  
Staff Software Engineer
3 salaries
$77,485  
Attorney / Lawyer
3 salaries
$99,000  
Accounts Payable Specialist
3 salaries
$37,642  
Marketing Director
3 salaries
$120,000  
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
$85,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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 %


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Industry

Graduates of the UCSC head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; software as a service (SAAS) development, the education industry, and IT services are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular field is the software development industry. Graduates of the UCSC earn approximately $60K on average.

Jobs

Among UCSC alumni, those working as Marketing Directors report the highest median pay of about $123K, followed by Senior Accountants (around $85K), and Staff Software Engineers ($77K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Executive Assistants who make an average of $61K.

Locations

Home to a large number of UCSC alums, San Francisco, Calif. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. It is no surprise that Mountain View, Calif., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $98K), is another of the most popular spots for former UCSC students. On the other end, UCSC grads flock to Los Angeles, Calif., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $54K. Other common destinations for UCSC grads include close-by San Jose, Calif. and Santa Cruz, Calif.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) earns UCSC students the most money after college (an average $125K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Anthropology are the lowest of the pack, earning $40K.

Skills

UCSC alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with close to one-seventh of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Banana Slugs with Java abilities can expect to make 56 percent more than their former classmates (around $93K). Experience with Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. A large number of graduates set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. It is no small feat that most graduates are given health coverage, and a fair number of survey participants accept dental insurance. University of California alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and tuition reimbursement.

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

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

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

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %
Salary
$39,267 - $84,547
Salary
$36,713 - $97,860
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.
$40,645 - $95,032
$54,045 - $100,796
$33,725 - $76,282
$35,479 - $74,835
$30,201 - $90,545

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