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Average Salary for University of Southern California (USC) Alumni

Around 18,000 undergrads attend the University of Southern California, a private research school in Los Angeles, Calif., grouped in the top 14 percent of universities by ROI, where they receive a great education with a lesser long-term cost. A true blend of brains and brawn, University of Southern California (USC) students take coursework seriously though campus life revolves around sports. Students have a knack for math, and it is one of the most popular majors. The figures in this overview come from the responses of USC grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Senior Software Engineer
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Financial Analyst
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Attorney / Lawyer
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Senior Systems Engineer
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Mechanical Engineer
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Aerospace Engineer
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University of Southern California (USC) Details


University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089


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Private Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

90 %


13 %

% Stay In State:

75 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

23 %
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Professionally, the health care industry, the education industry, and the financial services industry are popular business areas among the USC alumni. The aerospace and defense industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Students of USC go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the high graduation rates and above-average SAT scores reported by this group. Starting salaries of $81K are common among USC grads.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of about $68K per year compared to men, who earn $91K.


USC grads who become Senior Systems Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in around $121K annually. However, Attorneys and Senior Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in approximately $109K and $107K, respectively). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Financial Analysts; alumni in this role face average salaries of $58K.


When it comes to compensation, Los Angeles brings up the rear (median pay is $75K); however, just under one in three USC alumni still choose not to leave this city. On the flipside, USC grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in San Jose where median pay is $110K. Other cities of interest among USC alumni include nearby San Francisco and San Diego.


USC grads can make the most money at Deloitte Consulting LLP; average pay at this company is around $135K. In contrast, below-average pay is the norm at PricewaterhouseCoopers; median compensation there comes out to $67K.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance earns USC students the most money after college (approximately $132K per year). Those with a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) face salaries on the lower end, coming in close to about $47K per year.


Many USC grads have knowledge of Project Management, with close to one-sixth alumni using this program on the clock. Knowledge of C seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 26 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($102K). Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis is highly valued 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-fourth of alumni, respectively). A solid majority of graduates save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; the greater part of survey participants are rewarded with health insurance and a fair portion of former students report dental coverage, too. University of Southern California grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Chicago grads report the most similar salaries to USC alums, earning around $81K on average. Other schools similar to USC include California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Rice University.

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SAT Scores 1910 2220
ACT Scores 29 33

Key Stats



43 %

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57 %

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