California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo Alumni Average Salary

Around 19,000 people attend California Polytechnic State University, a institution based in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer$77,508  
Project Engineer$74,135  
Software Engineer$88,403  
Civil Engineer$68,022  
Electrical Engineer$81,516  
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)$92,528  
Manufacturing Engineer$70,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Sep 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,444

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About This School

1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly)


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Cal Poly alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the architectural services industry, the medical device manufacturing industry, and the software development industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the aerospace and defense industry. Graduates of Cal Poly earn around $68K on average.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $82K per year compared to females' $54K.


Cal Poly grads who become Senior Mechanical Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $115K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Electrical Engineers and Directors of Operations; their salaries approach $105K and about $89K, respectively. Project Engineers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at approximately $69K.


San Francisco, Calif. is filled with Cal Poly grads. San Jose, Calif. is another hot spot for Cal Poly grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $93K). Paso Robles, Calif. is a popular spot for former Cal Poly students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $45K. Neighboring Los Angeles, Calif. is another common pick among Cal Poly grads, along with San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Mechanical Engineering (ME) will compensate Cal Poly grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $104K on average per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of around $48K.


Engineering Design is a common skill among Cal Poly alumni — close to a fourth of grads mention using it at work. Knowledge of Data Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 46 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($100K). Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly more than half of the respondents report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in three grads are paid for sick leave. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of respondents, and a strong majority of grads sign up for dental plans. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Graduates of California Polytechnic State University are also recipients of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, California State Polytechnic University grads (who make an average of $65K) earn salaries most similar to Cal Poly alumni. California State University-Bakersfield, California State University-Northridge, and California State University-Fresno are also similar to Cal Poly.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1130 1340
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo


34 %
66 %
$40,268 - $74,144
$53,283 - $104,694

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$48,169 - $81,838
$40,851 - $121,967
$47,816 - $95,316
$63,871 - $133,864
$47,500 - $98,600

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