Santa Clara University, a Roman Catholic school in Santa Clara, Calif., has roughly 6,000 undergrads. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Broncos!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Jul 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,557
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About This School

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053


Private School, Religious, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of SCU go into the software development industry, IT services, and the aerospace and defense industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former SCU students are employed in software as a service (SAAS) development; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. It is typical for SCU grads — a group that scores high on the SATs and contributes to an impressive graduation rate — to earn above-average incomes as well. Starting salaries of $84K are the median among SCU grads.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only approximately $75K on average compared to about $92K for male graduates.


The biggest paychecks among SCU alumni are earned by Senior Marketing Managers — these former students make a median salary of $126K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Senior Software Engineers ($124K) and Software Engineers ($101K). Mechanical Engineers pick up around $71K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many SCU grads end up living in San Francisco, Calif., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Another city that attracts a wealth of SCU grads is Sunnyvale, Calif.; given its high compensation (about $98K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the far end of the pay scale, SCU alumni often reside in Seattle, Wash., which is home to the lowest pay at $78K. SCU alumni express interest in nearby San Jose, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid SCU alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) — they earn close to around $140K on average per year. Graduates holding a Master of Arts (MA) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $58K.


Many former SCU students are familiar with Project Management, and close to one-seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Knowledge of Strategic Marketing seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 16 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($97K). Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one in five survey participants for sick time. Most respondents report contributing to a 401(k). For this school, a large number of survey participants are the recipients of health benefits, and a large number of graduates pick up dental plans, too. Santa Clara University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Saint Marys College of California grads report the most similar salaries to SCU alums, earning approximately $70K on average. The Monterey Institute of International Studies, California Lutheran University, and Antioch University-Los Angeles are also similar to SCU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1210 1400
ACT Scores 27 32

Key Stats for Santa Clara University


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$49,955 - $107,906
$56,177 - $126,143

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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