University of California-San Diego Rankings Based on Salary

  • University of California-San Diego ranks better than 52% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • University of California-San Diego ranks better than 85% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at University of California-San Diego

We calculated a salary score for each of University of California-San Diego'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 University of California-San Diego 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 UCSD Bachelor's Degrees

UCSD ranks higher than 52% 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 13% $21,600 $60,049 13%
Anthropology 65% $14,000 $28,598 65%
Applied Mathematics 47% $19,000 $54,869 47%
Area Studies 30% Not Reported $29,685 30%
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 58% $16,833 $35,416 58%
Biology, General 47% $17,400 $28,650 47%
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology 71% $19,246 $69,338 71%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 50% $19,000 $57,318 50%
Chemical Engineering 4% $19,000 $52,562 4%
Chemistry 35% $15,300 $35,594 35%
Civil Engineering 46% $19,700 $60,704 46%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 30% $17,400 $29,183 30%
Cognitive Science 54% $17,600 $40,580 54%
Communication and Media Studies 76% $13,406 $38,007 76%
Computer Engineering 83% $18,166 $83,721 83%
Computer Science 83% $17,555 $85,918 83%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 84% $16,967 $27,642 84%
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 29% $17,500 $25,194 29%
Economics 36% $14,450 $44,920 36%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 60% $19,538 $72,684 60%
Engineering, Other 43% $19,598 $58,866 43%
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 64% $16,500 $33,459 64%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 42% $22,334 $28,598 42%
Fine and Studio Arts 6% $16,367 $18,087 6%
History 43% $16,350 $29,685 43%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 46% $19,000 $29,322 46%
International/Global Studies 80% $14,627 $41,870 80%
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 30% $16,394 $26,121 30%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 41% $17,462 $51,371 41%
Mathematics 32% $16,179 $40,821 32%
Mathematics and Computer Science 25% $16,666 $58,673 25%
Mechanical Engineering 36% $20,000 $63,501 36%
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 84% $16,500 $41,025 84%
Music 5% $20,030 $16,478 5%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 61% $14,400 $35,060 61%
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 55% $19,000 $30,554 55%
Physics 35% $18,750 $39,369 35%
Political Science and Government 58% $17,166 $36,668 58%
Psychology, General 56% $17,297 $30,650 56%
Public Health 36% $17,609 $32,678 36%
Research and Experimental Psychology 29% $15,500 $28,960 29%
Sociology 51% $15,000 $32,658 51%
Urban Studies/Affairs 69% $15,600 $41,937 69%
Visual and Performing Arts, General 33% $17,000 $23,456 33%
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 83% $19,200 $36,560 83%

Salary Scores for UCSD Master's Degrees

UCSD ranks higher than 71% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Biology, General 38% $20,500 $36,848 38%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 86% $31,166 $82,440 86%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 96% $94,019 $109,763 96%
Chemistry 18% Not Reported $44,971 18%
Civil Engineering 78% $27,000 $77,487 78%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 96% Not Reported $122,038 96%
Computer Engineering 92% Not Reported $129,481 92%
Computer Science 96% Not Reported $139,414 96%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 52% $27,666 $33,993 52%
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 14% $41,117 $33,281 14%
Education, General 75% $33,449 $56,189 75%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 52% $30,500 $94,408 52%
Engineering, Other 77% Not Reported $112,550 77%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 11% Not Reported $38,289 11%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 84% Not Reported $94,408 84%
International Relations and National Security Studies 74% $43,437 $63,799 74%
Mechanical Engineering 66% Not Reported $87,604 66%
Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies 4% $69,305 $67,660 4%
Visual and Performing Arts, General 6% Not Reported $14,442 6%

Salary Scores for UCSD Doctoral Degrees

UCSD ranks higher than 67% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Biology, General 77% Not Reported $69,338 77%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 37% Not Reported $82,440 37%
Chemistry 14% Not Reported $52,107 14%
Economics 87% Not Reported $133,171 87%
Education, General 99% Not Reported $104,192 99%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 18% Not Reported $42,682 18%
Medicine 65% $86,857 $59,298 65%
Physics 98% Not Reported $122,038 98%

University of California-San Diego Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Claudia Son 11/14/2019

College is truly what you make of it. If you take the time to go out of your comfort zone to attend events, seminars, and join clubs, you will undoubtedly enjoy your college experience. UCSD offers the perfect amount of opportunities for students to become well-rounded individuals. There are a plethora of clubs and organizations that give students access to personal, professional, and social growth. The class sizes are definitely large, so there will be times where you feel like you're lost in the crowd. However,... Read More

Nashaya Ross 6/26/2019

I would recommend going to UC San Diego if you are someone who is interested in doing research in undergrad. There are a lot of good qualities of this university, but there are also some more negative ones. Positive aspects of UCSD is the location, the status, and the accessibility to innovation. UCSD is located near the ocean which is ideal for anyone who loves the beach or for students who plan to study at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. UCSD is one of the top research institutions and there are many... Read More