University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) Alumni Average Salary

The University of California is a school located in Santa Barbara, Calif. with around 19,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the UCSB grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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College ROI Report

122nd

20 Year Net ROI 

$488,000

Annual ROI 

7.9%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$136,000

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College Salary Report

60th

Early Career Salary 

$54,900

Mid-Career Salary 

$118,800

% High Meaning 

47 %

Compare to Other 4-Year Schools

University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) Median Salary by Job

MinMax

Software Engineer
38 profiles
$96,413
$67K$158K

Mechanical Engineer
28 profiles
$74,453
$58K$102K

Senior Software Engineer
20 profiles
$122,054
$97K$148K

United States (change)

Marketing Manager
19 profiles
$69,918
$42K$130K

Account Manager
17 profiles
$65,333
$37K$91K

Financial Analyst
16 profiles
$67,253
$50K$86K

Operations Manager
16 profiles
$59,598
$49K$114K

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,951
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About This School

5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

www.admissions.ucsb.edu/

21,897

Research University, State School, For Sports Fans, Party School

81 %

27 %

86 %

38 %

Industry

Graduates of the UCSB work in a variety of sectors including the environmental consulting industry, the financial services industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the software development industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UCSB is $71K.

Jobs

Former UCSB students with an interest in making money consider becoming Electrical Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to around $118K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists ($93K) and Corporate Controllers ($92K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Senior Financial Analysts who make an average of $68K.

Locations

UCSB alumni seem to appreciate living in Santa Barbara, and approximately one in five grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. UCSB grads also flock to Menlo Park, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is approximately $125K). On the other end, UCSB grads flock to Oakland, Calif., which actually offers the weakest median salary of about $63K. Other popular cities for UCSB alumni include nearby Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Doctorate (PhD), Computer Science (CS) from UCSB can rake in a whopping average approximately $126K per year, more than any other degree from this school. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average around $40K per year.

Skills

Proficiency in Project Management is common among UCSB alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, about one in five former students report doing so. Former Gauchos who have experience with Microsoft Word can expect to make 56 percent more than other alumni (about $110K on average). Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to most respondents, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of alumni as well. Most grads participate in a 401(k) program. Other benefits awarded to University of California alumni include a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and stock options.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of California pick up average paychecks of $69K, which is closest to the amount made by UCSB grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to UCSB include the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of California-Riverside, and the University of California-Irvine.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1600 1990
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %
Salary
$37,647 - $88,362
Salary
$39,866 - $104,652

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
$39,289 - $104,881
$40,268 - $85,459
$82,000 - $110,000

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