University of Southern California (USC) Alumni Average Salary

Around 18,000 undergrads attend the University of Southern California, a school in Los Angeles, Calif.. The school sits in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. It would be a misnomer to cast the University of Southern California as a die-hard sports school only: University of Southern California students study hard as they cheer on the Trojans. History majors are among the most popular majors at the University of Southern California, and the university is home to some of the brightest students in the country. The figures in this overview come from the responses of USC grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Southern California (USC) Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
141 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
51 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
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Financial Analyst
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Marketing Manager
37 salaries
Marketing Director
32 salaries
Social Worker
32 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Dec 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,107
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University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the financial services industry, the medical device manufacturing industry, and the education industry are popular business areas among the USC alumni. The aerospace and defense industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. In line with impressive SAT scores, USC grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. Following graduation, USC students earn an average of $77K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is around $85K, but the median for the latter is only about $67K.


The biggest paychecks among USC alumni are earned by Dentists — these former students make a median salary of $157K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Project Engineers ($96K) and Software Engineers ($81K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Administrative Assistants — they bring in approximately $33K.


Though Los Angeles, Calif. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $70K), slightly less than a third of USC students continue living here after college. USC grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in San Jose, Calif. — pay averages to approximately $147K. In addition, USC grads flock to neighboring Irvine, Calif. as well as San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid USC alumni are those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance — they earn close to $160K on average per year. Those holding a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in about $38K on average per year.


Knowledge of Financial Modeling seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 39 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $108K). Project Management is a common skill among USC alumni — roughly a seventh of grads mention using it at work. Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Financial Analysis also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Half of the alumni can rely on paid vacation days, but just two-fifths of alumni have the luxury of paid sick time. Most respondents allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Most grads have medical plans, and a strong majority of graduates have dental insurance. Other benefits that University of Southern California alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Emory University grads report the most similar salaries to USC alums, earning $77K on average. Other schools similar to USC include the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Rice University.

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