Ranked in the top 28 percent of universities by return on investment, Pepperdine University is a Churches of Christ university based in Malibu, Calif., and it's home to around 4,000 undergraduates. The data for this snapshot was collected from Pepperdine graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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4.3 %

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% High Meaning 

43 %

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Jun 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,030
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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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Pepperdine alumni can most commonly be found in the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the health care industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. Those with a degree from Pepperdine make an average of $66K.


In the Pepperdine alumni professional community, Human Resources Directors make the highest median pay (around $112K), though Executive Directors (about $106K), and Directors of Operations ($100K) are close competitors. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Account Executives — they bring in $48K.


Home to a large number of Pepperdine alums, Los Angeles, Calif. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. 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 approximately $78K. Though median pay is subpar ($44K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Malibu after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Close-by San Diego, Calif. and Irvine, Calif. are also desirable cities among Pepperdine alumni.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Pepperdine grads with a Bachelor of Business (BB) (average earnings climb to about $125K per year). Those with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $42K per year.


Pepperdine grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and close to a seventh of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 23 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($82K). Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in four survey participants, respectively). A large number of alumni receive health insurance, and a fair number of grads get dental coverage. To plan for old age, a large number of survey participants maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Pepperdine University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of the Pacific grads bring in salaries of around approximately $66K, making them the most similar to Pepperdine alumni in terms of earnings. Biola University, the University of La Verne, and the University of San Diego are also similar to Pepperdine.

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Key Stats for Pepperdine University


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Job Satisfaction

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