Pepperdine University Alumni Average Salary

Attending Pepperdine University, a Churches of Christ university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Malibu, Calif., and it is ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment. This report is based on the answers of Pepperdine graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Pepperdine University Median Salary by Job


Executive Director
10 profiles

Marketing Manager
8 profiles

Human Resources (HR) Director
8 profiles

United States (change)

Financial Analyst
7 profiles

Executive Assistant
7 profiles

Human Resources (HR) Generalist
6 profiles

Human Resources (HR) Manager
6 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 595
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About This School

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263


Private School, Research University, Religious, For Sports Fans

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The majority of Pepperdine alumni wind up in IT services. The average salary for a grad from Pepperdine is $58K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $74K after graduating from Pepperdine, the average woman earns only about $59K.


San Diego, Calif. is filled with Pepperdine grads. It is also not uncommon to find former Pepperdine students living and working in San Francisco, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $107K. Though Los Angeles, Calif. takes the cake for lowest pay among Pepperdine grads (the median salary is approximately $67K there), it remains a common destination for former students.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Pepperdine grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (average earnings climb to around $110K per year). Those holding a Bachelor's Degree are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $45K on average per year.


Knowledge of Data Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 27 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($73K). Proficiency in Microsoft Office is common among Pepperdine alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, nearly one in seven former students report doing so. Also considered top-notch skills are Marketing Communications, Adobe Illustrator, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for the larger part of grads, but only two-fifths of alumni are rewarded with paid sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to a strong majority of alums, and dental insurance is issued to just over half of the survey participants as well. A strong majority of graduates report contributing to a 401(k). Pepperdine University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for Union Institute & University grads is $58K, making their salaries most similar to those of Pepperdine grads. Other schools similar to Pepperdine include Biola University, the University of La Verne, and the University of San Diego.

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SAT Scores 1650 1970
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Key Stats for Pepperdine University


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47 %
$35,033 - $100,000
$30,410 - $113,891

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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