University of California-San Diego Rankings by Salary Score

Salary Scores
 52
Bachelor's
 71
Master's
 67
Doctoral
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University of California-San Diego's Top Rankings

University of California-San Diego is ranked on 3 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


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 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 UCSD Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 13 96% 96% $21,600 $60,050 13
Anthropology 65 83% 83% $14,000 $28,600 65
Applied Mathematics 47 91% 91% $19,000 $54,870 47
Area Studies 30 88% 88% Not Reported $29,690 30
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 58 92% 92% $16,830 $35,420 58
Biology, General 47 90% 90% $17,400 $28,650 47
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology 71 89% 89% $19,250 $69,340 71
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 50 96% 96% $19,000 $57,320 50
Chemical Engineering 4 94% 94% $19,000 $52,560 4
Chemistry 35 92% 92% $15,300 $35,590 35
Civil Engineering 46 97% 97% $19,700 $60,700 46
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 30 97% 97% $17,400 $29,180 30
Cognitive Science 54 91% 91% $17,600 $40,580 54
Communication and Media Studies 76 92% 92% $13,410 $38,010 76
Computer Engineering 83 96% 96% $18,170 $83,720 83
Computer Science 83 95% 95% $17,560 $85,920 83
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 84 93% 93% $16,970 $27,640 84
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 29 97% 97% $17,500 $25,190 29
Economics 36 89% 89% $14,450 $44,920 36
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 60 96% 96% $19,540 $72,680 60
Engineering, Other 43 93% 93% $19,600 $58,870 43
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 64 87% 87% $16,500 $33,460 64
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 42 94% 94% $22,330 $28,600 42
Fine and Studio Arts 6 93% 93% $16,370 $18,090 6
History 43 85% 85% $16,350 $29,690 43
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 46 94% 94% $19,000 $29,320 46
International/Global Studies 80 94% 94% $14,630 $41,870 80
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 30 80% 80% $16,390 $26,120 30
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 41 93% 93% $17,460 $51,370 41
Mathematics 32 91% 91% $16,180 $40,820 32
Mathematics and Computer Science 25 97% 97% $16,670 $58,670 25
Mechanical Engineering 36 92% 92% $20,000 $63,500 36
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 84 97% 97% $16,500 $41,030 84
Music 5 85% 85% $20,030 $16,480 5
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 61 95% 95% $14,400 $35,060 61
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 55 94% 94% $19,000 $30,550 55
Physics 35 95% 95% $18,750 $39,370 35
Political Science and Government 58 88% 88% $17,170 $36,670 58
Psychology, General 56 91% 91% $17,300 $30,650 56
Public Health 36 94% 94% $17,610 $32,680 36
Research and Experimental Psychology 29 94% 94% $15,500 $28,960 29
Sociology 51 93% 93% $15,000 $32,660 51
Urban Studies/Affairs 69 97% 97% $15,600 $41,940 69
Visual and Performing Arts, General 33 84% 84% $17,000 $23,460 33
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 83 87% 87% $19,200 $36,560 83

Salary Scores for UCSD Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Biology, General 38 97% 97% $20,500 $36,850 38
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 86 94% 94% $31,170 $82,440 86
Business Administration, Management and Operations 96 93% 93% $94,020 $109,760 96
Chemistry 18 92% 92% Not Reported $44,970 18
Civil Engineering 78 98% 98% $27,000 $77,490 78
Computer and Information Sciences, General 96 100% 100% Not Reported $122,040 96
Computer Engineering 92 100% 100% Not Reported $129,480 92
Computer Science 96 95% 95% Not Reported $139,410 96
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 52 100% 100% $27,670 $33,990 52
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 14 92% 92% $41,120 $33,280 14
Education, General 75 98% 98% $33,450 $56,190 75
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 52 97% 97% $30,500 $94,410 52
Engineering, Other 77 100% 100% Not Reported $112,550 77
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 11 100% 100% Not Reported $38,290 11
Health and Medical Administrative Services 84 94% 94% Not Reported $94,410 84
International Relations and National Security Studies 74 97% 97% $43,440 $63,800 74
Mechanical Engineering 66 93% 93% Not Reported $87,600 66
Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies 4 100% 100% $69,310 $67,660 4
Visual and Performing Arts, General 6 100% 100% Not Reported $14,440 6

Salary Scores for UCSD Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Biology, General 77 97% 97% Not Reported $69,340 77
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 37 85% 85% Not Reported $82,440 37
Chemistry 14 93% 93% Not Reported $52,110 14
Economics 87 94% 94% Not Reported $133,170 87
Education, General 99 100% 100% Not Reported $104,190 99
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 18 100% 100% Not Reported $42,680 18
Medicine 65 100% 100% $86,860 $59,300 65
Physics 98 100% 100% Not Reported $122,040 98

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