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PayScale Ranks UC San Diego 10th Best Public University for Alumni Salary-Earning Potential

New report reveals that average starting salary for UC San Diego graduates is $49,300 and mid-career alumni typically earn $101,000


  • Christine Clark

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  • Christine Clark

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Graduates of the University of California, San Diego are ranked 10th for salary earning potential in the 2013-2014 PayScale report measuring top state schools across the nation.

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The report revealed that the typical starting salary for UC San Diego graduates with two years of experience is $49,300 and mid-career professionals with a UC San Diego bachelor’s degree and 15 years of experience typically make $101,000 annually. PayScale, a website that collects salary data, also listed UC San Diego as the 6th best college on the West Coast for the earning potential of alumni.

According to PayScale, the website’s report furthers the national conversation about higher education affordability and earning potential on the heels of President Obama’s announcement of a new scorecard to rate colleges for their affordability, access and graduation rates.

“UC San Diego offers a premier educational experience that prepares students to fulfill their career goals,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Our alumni are leaders and innovators who achieve great success, while also contributing to society and improving communities around the world.”

In 2013, the campus conferred 8,085 degrees. Of UC San Diego’s 150,900 alumni, 28 percent live in San Diego County, contributing income, payroll, property and sales taxes to the region.

In addition, more than 650 companies have been launched by UC San Diego faculty, staff and alumni, including many San Diego biotech and technology firms.

For more information on UC San Diego’s rankings and its economic impact, go to

For more information on the PayScale college salary report, go to

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