University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Santa Cruz, Calif., the University of California, a school, has a student population of roughly 16,000. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) Median Salary by Job


Software Engineer
52 profiles

Operations Manager
14 profiles

Financial Analyst
13 profiles

United States (change)

Senior Software Engineer
11 profiles

Staff Accountant
10 profiles

Account Manager
9 profiles

Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
9 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 973
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About This School

1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)


Research University, State School

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Graduates of the UCSC go into the software development industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and IT services, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The environmental consulting industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Those with an education from the UCSC earn an average of $66K.


Many UCSC grads flock to Santa Cruz, Calif. San Jose, Calif. is another hot spot for UCSC grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $114K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by UCSC alumni is San Francisco, Calif., where earnings average around $77K. Other cities of interest among UCSC alumni include nearby San Diego, Calif. and New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) will compensate UCSC grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $86K on average per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $55K.


Knowledge of Spring seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 83 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $121K). Approximately one in six UCSC grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Technical Writing command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. Dental insurance applies to a majority of alumni, and a strong majority of survey participants report health coverage. A fair number of alums take advantage of a 401(k) plan. University of California grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, flexible hours, and stock options.

Related Schools

University of California grads report the most similar salaries to UCSC alums, earning $65K on average. Other schools similar to UCSC include the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Davis, and the University of California-Los Angeles.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1560 1930
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats for University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC)


41 %
59 %
$37,500 - $83,495
$50,507 - $87,352

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$51,521 - $92,625

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