California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Rankings by Salary Score

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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo's Top Rankings

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is ranked on 19 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at Cal Poly

We calculated a salary score for each of Cal Poly's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at Cal Poly to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is based on the school's by-program performance weighted by student enrollment in each program. Data is sourced from the December 2020 release of the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid. Debt and salary numbers are shown rounded to the nearest $10.

Salary Scores for Cal Poly Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 98 95% 95% $22,410 $76,020 98
Agricultural Business and Management 96 97% 97% $18,390 $56,190 96
Agricultural Engineering 85 100% 100% $20,000 $63,010 85
Agricultural Public Services 72 100% 100% Not Reported $41,300 72
Agriculture, General 97 96% 96% $13,000 $49,640 97
Animal Sciences 49 93% 93% $19,330 $30,370 49
Architectural Engineering 70 96% 96% $21,000 $67,320 70
Architecture 91 96% 96% $24,670 $56,540 91
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 90 100% 100% $19,640 $43,430 90
Biology, General 87 98% 98% $20,830 $35,060 87
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 92 94% 94% $16,500 $71,020 92
Business Administration, Management and Operations 100 100% 100% $15,830 $67,100 100
Business/Commerce, General 95 98% 98% $18,000 $60,620 95
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 46 94% 94% $15,270 $41,570 46
Civil Engineering 98 98% 98% $19,000 $72,670 98
Communication and Media Studies 79 97% 97% $17,500 $38,720 79
Computer and Information Sciences, General 100 99% 99% $19,500 $109,390 100
Computer Engineering 97 95% 95% $21,500 $95,030 97
Construction Engineering Technologies 99 100% 100% $22,200 $83,260 99
Economics 44 95% 95% $19,090 $47,260 44
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 83 99% 99% $24,000 $78,810 83
English Language and Literature, General 86 100% 100% $19,500 $35,600 86
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 99 94% 94% $23,160 $67,660 99
Fine and Studio Arts 100 94% 94% $16,410 $40,900 100
Food Science and Technology 82 100% 100% $24,000 $53,780 82
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services 26 95% 95% $16,500 $28,600 26
Forestry 34 97% 97% $22,500 $36,310 34
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 77 100% 100% $20,420 $41,890 77
Graphic Communications 99 96% 96% $18,000 $53,890 99
History 50 96% 96% $17,500 $30,770 50
Industrial Engineering 71 100% 100% $21,280 $72,080 71
Journalism 89 94% 94% $17,100 $39,370 89
Landscape Architecture 78 95% 95% $25,150 $50,270 78
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 94 90% 90% $20,500 $44,380 94
Manufacturing Engineering 78 92% 92% Not Reported $71,960 78
Materials Engineering 80 91% 91% $16,500 $71,020 80
Mathematics 71 100% 100% $20,000 $52,110 71
Mechanical Engineering 97 97% 97% $20,500 $76,710 97
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 82 94% 94% Not Reported $40,470 82
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 100 100% 100% Not Reported $63,750 100
Natural Resources Management and Policy 33 98% 98% $15,460 $31,310 33
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 100 97% 97% $18,330 $44,930 100
Physics 22 90% 90% $25,000 $35,060 22
Plant Sciences 95 94% 94% $18,000 $50,140 95
Political Science and Government 36 94% 94% $18,500 $32,930 36
Psychology, General 70 90% 90% $19,000 $32,390 70
Social Sciences, Other 31 96% 96% $16,500 $30,230 31
Sociology 85 96% 96% $17,000 $38,290 85
Statistics 29 90% 90% $20,000 $48,040 29
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 28 86% 86% $15,870 $33,080 28
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 26 90% 90% $22,000 $33,280 26

Salary Scores for Cal Poly Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 96 100% 100% Not Reported $71,730 96
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 72 92% 92% Not Reported $94,410 72
Agriculture, General 97 100% 100% Not Reported $71,580 97
Animal Sciences 98 100% 100% Not Reported $84,650 98
Biology, General 66 100% 100% Not Reported $57,320 66
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 78 100% 100% Not Reported $79,470 78
Business/Commerce, General 37 100% 100% Not Reported $67,660 37
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 97 94% 94% Not Reported $67,660 97
Civil Engineering 68 97% 97% $23,000 $75,380 68
Computer and Information Sciences, General 99 88% 88% Not Reported $137,610 99
Education, General 57 100% 100% $20,000 $51,830 57
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 78 100% 100% Not Reported $104,750 78
Engineering, General 30 90% 90% Not Reported $80,020 30
Fire Protection 76 93% 93% Not Reported $93,080 76
Mechanical Engineering 96 100% 100% Not Reported $99,520 96
Psychology, General 76 100% 100% Not Reported $51,480 76

Reviews by Program

Most Recent Reviews

Shannon Parker 6/26/2019

While it has been a while since I completed my undergraduate studies - I still can confidently say that Cal Poly's "Learn By Doing" motto prepared me for my career! My career unfolded in a rather unconventional manner - with one opportunity leading me to the next. I took the opportunities, learned by doing and have had a successful career as an educator and am now looking to move into Educational Administration. I loved the Kinesiology coursework and still draw on my experience in the human performance labs... Read More

Gretchen 6/24/2019

I completed my bachelor's degree at CP SLO and highly recommend it. Though there are a variety of majors available, the majority seem to be studying Engineering, Architecture or Business. That being said, I think they have an excellent Child Development program and many of my friends from a variety of majors said they thought their education was crucial to their future successes. Personally, I loved the learn by doing motto and think it's helped me put into practice what I learned rather than just knowing... Read More