Average Salary for University of Southern California (USC) Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of Southern California, a university based in Los Angeles, Calif.. The school is ranked in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. Known as a die-hard sports school first, University of Southern California students still study hard as they cheer on the Trojans. History majors are among the most popular majors at the University of Southern California, and the student body boasts SAT and ACT test scores that comfortably surpass the national averages. Replies from former USC students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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University of Southern California (USC) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Software Engineer
38 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
22 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
17 salaries
Senior Systems Engineer
15 salaries
Software Developer
13 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
11 salaries
Financial Analyst
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,401
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About This School

University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089



Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The USC alumni can most commonly be found in the education industry, the software development industry, and the financial services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are USC grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores and solid graduation rate reported by this demographic. Those with an education from the USC earn an average of $81K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $89K after graduating from USC, the average woman earns only $70K.


Former USC students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Systems Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $126K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Attorneys (approximately $125K) and Senior Software Engineers (about $118K). Financial Analysts wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $60K.


Despite handing out the worst average salary (about $73K), Los Angeles, Calif. holds on to its USC student population, and just under a third of grads continue to reside in the city. For those seeking more money, San Jose, Calif. is a popular destination for former USC students; median pay is around $114K. Close-by San Francisco, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. are also desirable cities among USC alumni.

Degree Major

Former Trojans who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance and earn a median salary of $142K per year. A B.A. in International Relations commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $40K.


Former Trojans with C++ abilities can expect to make 27 percent more than their former classmates ($103K). Project Management is a popular skill among USC alumni, with approximately one-sixth of grads reporting using it on the job. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. Health insurance benefits extend to most graduates, and a fair number of graduates sign up for dental plans. Most former students save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. 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

Alumni of University of Chicago pick up average paychecks of $81K, which is closest to the amount made by USC grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to USC include the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Rice University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1920 2230
ACT Scores 29 33

Key Stats for University of Southern California (USC)


43 %
57 %
$39,324 - $95,222
$49,170 - $120,837
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 279 votes.
$71,356 - $137,455
$91,750 - $149,350
$50,000 - $132,000
$54,045 - $98,684
$40,245 - $101,994
$53,951 - $126,809
$51,278 - $125,126
$85,971 - $136,378
$52,686 - $117,656

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