Pacific Graduates Among Highest Paid in California
University of the Pacific graduates are among the highest paid college graduates in California, according to a new survey released by PayScale.com this week.
In its 2011 College Salary Report, the website lists Pacific as no. 5 among the "10 Best Schools in California by Salary Potential." The starting median salary for Pacific graduates is $50,100 and the mid-career median salary for former Pacific students is $103,000. The salaries included bonuses and overtime pay, but did not include stock options or the cost of benefits.
The website based its rankings off of students who earned only bachelor degrees from California colleges and universities. The survey did not include salaries of health or law professionals which eliminated graduates from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences or the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, as those fields typically earn much higher wages than other professions.
The typical starting graduates in the survey had two years of working experience and the mid-career graduates had 15 years of professional experience.
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) ranked no. 1 with its graduates earning a median income of $69,600 at the start of their careers and a mid-career median salary of $123,000. Other schools in the top ten include Stanford University (no. 3), Santa Clara University (no. 4), University of California, Berkeley (no. 6) and University of Southern California (no. 8).
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