University of California-Santa Barbara Rankings by Salary Score

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University of California-Santa Barbara's Top Rankings

University of California-Santa Barbara is ranked on 5 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at UC Santa Barbara

We calculated a salary score for each of UC Santa Barbara'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 UC Santa Barbara 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 UCSB Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Anthropology 87 97% 97% $15,000 $32,250 87
Applied Mathematics 27 97% 97% $20,610 $46,090 27
Area Studies 2 92% 92% $19,000 $17,720 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 59 85% 85% $15,700 $35,600 59
Biology, General 83 93% 93% $18,210 $34,160 83
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences 12 83% 83% $20,100 $25,190 12
Chemical Engineering 25 91% 91% $15,500 $61,520 25
Chemistry 83 96% 96% $20,500 $45,250 83
Communication and Media Studies 97 97% 97% $15,000 $45,310 97
Computer Engineering 80 91% 91% $19,880 $82,120 80
Computer Science 89 93% 93% $18,250 $91,740 89
Dance 10 100% 100% Not Reported $15,550 10
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 80 94% 94% $18,100 $26,930 80
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 29 100% 100% $17,770 $25,190 29
Economics 82 95% 95% $15,000 $59,450 82
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 66 98% 98% $16,420 $73,950 66
English Language and Literature, General 53 93% 93% $17,370 $29,960 53
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 44 95% 95% $17,300 $28,870 44
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 69 93% 93% $17,170 $29,140 69
Fine and Studio Arts 42 92% 92% $19,000 $25,190 42
Geography and Cartography 80 93% 93% $17,000 $41,940 80
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 50 96% 96% $19,130 $37,210 50
History 56 91% 91% $19,500 $31,880 56
International/Global Studies 68 91% 91% $15,850 $37,790 68
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 52 91% 91% $16,500 $29,690 52
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 57 95% 95% $13,000 $55,960 57
Mathematics 50 91% 91% $18,390 $46,090 50
Mechanical Engineering 54 98% 98% $19,100 $66,260 54
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 72 95% 95% $22,000 $38,340 72
Music 61 100% 100% $20,000 $29,690 61
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 56 95% 95% $15,500 $34,280 56
Pharmacology and Toxicology 27 100% 100% $16,500 $26,350 27
Philosophy 79 95% 95% $15,000 $36,940 79
Physics 93 90% 90% $19,630 $59,650 93
Political Science and Government 65 97% 97% $15,330 $37,960 65
Religion/Religious Studies 50 100% 100% $14,700 $26,740 50
Research and Experimental Psychology 41 95% 95% $15,000 $31,400 41
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 49 95% 95% $17,330 $32,630 49
Sociology 34 95% 95% $14,920 $30,240 34
Statistics 32 91% 91% $17,350 $50,000 32
Zoology/Animal Biology 81 100% 100% $15,000 $28,060 81

Salary Scores for UCSB Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 41 100% 100% Not Reported $79,280 41
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 74 98% 98% $32,500 $56,420 74

Salary Scores for UCSB Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Chemistry 80 90% 90% Not Reported $87,750 80
Education, General 25 100% 100% Not Reported $67,320 25
Physics 53 100% 100% Not Reported $84,650 53
Research and Experimental Psychology 96 100% 100% Not Reported $73,470 96

Most Recent Reviews

Tejvir Grewall 1/16/2020

I thought both of the programs were very weak. I was accepted as a math major, and I was struggling. I like art, but in reflection with my student loans that I still have, I don't think I really learned anything striking. Teachers sat back and maybe one global studies class was interesting that I still remember. I did not find all of that information to be true, so I was stuck on the biases being spread in lectures.

Genessis Castorena 8/23/2019

I attended UCSB for 4 years. Overall once I found a good group of friends my experience was great. I was born and raised in a hispanic community, went to a predominantly hispanic high school therefore moving to Santa Barbara, CA and being immersed in a predominately caucasian environment was a little bit of a culture shock. It would be great to see more diversity amongst the student population and faculty. As far as faculty goes, I had a great experience with all professors. UCSB Is very large school therefore... Read More

Adjusting to college level courses was a little bit difficult for me. I received 2 C's first year. I started college wanting to go to medical school, I knew the Cs on my transcript were not good however I knew I still had time to make it up by working hard and receiving good grades in the rest of my med school prerequisites, the counselors did not see it this way. Of about 4-5 counselors that I went to see all but 1 were very discouraging of my chances of getting into any PA or medical program. Instead of saying "it might be a little more difficult, but here is what you can do to improve your chances" they all told me to find another career path. I start PA school in two days. My advice is that no matter who you are getting advice from take it with a grain of salt and continue to work hard towards your goals. Good luck in college! Enjoy every second because it flies by!