It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of California, a university based in Irvine, Calif.. The school is ranked in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Anteaters!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

8.4 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

48 %

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University of California - Irvine (UCI) Median Salary by Job


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  • Updated: 22 Jun 2019
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About This School

501 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697

University of California , Irvine, University of California, Irvine (UCI)


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Former UC Irvine students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the software development industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the medical device manufacturing industry. The most popular field is software as a service (SAAS) development. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UC Irvine is around $66K.


In the UC Irvine alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay (approximately $122K), though Software Engineers ($82K), and Software Developers (about $75K) are close competitors. Account Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $48K.


UC Irvine students enjoy their time in Irvine, and nearly one-fifth of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. Another city that attracts a wealth of UC Irvine grads is San Francisco, Calif.; given its high compensation ($87K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Though Costa Mesa, Calif. takes the cake for lowest pay among UC Irvine grads (the median salary is $63K there), it remains a common destination for former students. In addition, UC Irvine grads flock to neighboring Los Angeles, Calif. as well as San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

A Master of Computer Science (MCS) leads to the highest pay for UC Irvine grads ($105K on average per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Psychology tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average around $39K per year.


About a seventh of grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for former Anteaters — they earn 40 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable 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). Most survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. It is no small feat that a large number of alums are given health coverage, and a strong majority of graduates accept dental insurance. Additional benefits handed to University of California alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Arizona State University grads bring in salaries of around about $66K, making them the most similar to UC Irvine alumni in terms of earnings. The University of California-Riverside, the University of California-Los Angeles, and the University of California-San Diego are also similar to UC Irvine.

University of California - Irvine (UCI) Job Listings

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1540 1910
ACT Scores 24 29

Key Stats for University of California - Irvine (UCI)


48 %
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$42,092 - $90,817
$49,871 - $105,020

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1426 votes.
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20 years or more
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