California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Rankings Based on Salary

  • California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo ranks better than 90% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo ranks better than 77% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo's Top Rankings

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 a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for Cal Poly Bachelor's Degrees

Cal Poly ranks higher than 90% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 98% $22,407 $76,016 98%
Agricultural Business and Management 96% $18,388 $56,189 96%
Agricultural Engineering 85% $20,000 $63,005 85%
Agricultural Public Services 72% Not Reported $41,295 72%
Agriculture, General 97% $13,000 $49,644 97%
Animal Sciences 49% $19,328 $30,371 49%
Architectural Engineering 70% $21,000 $67,324 70%
Architecture 91% $24,666 $56,544 91%
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 90% $19,644 $43,426 90%
Biology, General 87% $20,833 $35,060 87%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 92% $16,500 $71,015 92%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 99% $15,833 $67,101 99%
Business/Commerce, General 95% $18,000 $60,623 95%
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 46% $15,269 $41,565 46%
Civil Engineering 98% $19,000 $72,667 98%
Communication and Media Studies 79% $17,500 $38,721 79%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 99% $19,500 $109,392 99%
Computer Engineering 97% $21,500 $95,034 97%
Construction Engineering Technologies 99% $22,204 $83,255 99%
Economics 44% $19,089 $47,260 44%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 83% $24,000 $78,814 83%
English Language and Literature, General 86% $19,500 $35,600 86%
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 99% $23,162 $67,660 99%
Fine and Studio Arts 99% $16,408 $40,896 99%
Food Science and Technology 82% $24,000 $53,775 82%
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services 26% $16,500 $28,598 26%
Forestry 34% $22,500 $36,310 34%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 77% $20,416 $41,894 77%
Graphic Communications 99% $18,000 $53,894 99%
History 50% $17,500 $30,771 50%
Industrial Engineering 71% $21,283 $72,083 71%
Journalism 89% $17,096 $39,369 89%
Landscape Architecture 78% $25,150 $50,270 78%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 94% $20,500 $44,384 94%
Manufacturing Engineering 78% Not Reported $71,957 78%
Materials Engineering 80% $16,500 $71,015 80%
Mathematics 71% $20,000 $52,107 71%
Mechanical Engineering 97% $20,500 $76,711 97%
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 82% Not Reported $40,467 82%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 99% Not Reported $63,749 99%
Natural Resources Management and Policy 33% $15,461 $31,314 33%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 99% $18,333 $44,925 99%
Physics 22% $25,000 $35,060 22%
Plant Sciences 95% $18,000 $50,141 95%
Political Science and Government 36% $18,500 $32,925 36%
Psychology, General 70% $19,000 $32,391 70%
Social Sciences, Other 31% $16,500 $30,228 31%
Sociology 85% $17,000 $38,289 85%
Statistics 29% $20,000 $48,041 29%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 28% $15,873 $33,077 28%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 26% $22,000 $33,281 26%

Salary Scores for Cal Poly Master's Degrees

Cal Poly ranks higher than 79% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 96% Not Reported $71,734 96%
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 72% Not Reported $94,408 72%
Agriculture, General 97% Not Reported $71,575 97%
Animal Sciences 98% Not Reported $84,653 98%
Biology, General 66% Not Reported $57,318 66%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 78% Not Reported $79,473 78%
Business/Commerce, General 37% Not Reported $67,660 37%
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 97% Not Reported $67,660 97%
Civil Engineering 68% $23,000 $75,383 68%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 99% Not Reported $137,605 99%
Education, General 57% $19,995 $51,829 57%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 78% Not Reported $104,749 78%
Engineering, General 30% Not Reported $80,022 30%
Fire Protection 76% Not Reported $93,076 76%
Mechanical Engineering 96% Not Reported $99,517 96%
Psychology, General 76% Not Reported $51,482 76%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Reviews

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