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Cal Poly Bachelor’s Degree Grads' Median Salaries Rank 14th in Nation Among Public Universities on Survey

Students walking outside Baker Center's west entranceSAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly bachelor’s degree graduates rank 14th in the nation among public universities for median salaries, according to’s 2015-16 College Salary Report.
Early career graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly earn an average of $57,800, while graduates in mid-career earn $99,500, according to the report.
The study also broke out nine different majors/careers. Cal Poly grads tied for fifth in computer science and ranked eighth in physical/life sciences and 10th in communication/journalism.
On the list for bachelor's-only graduates, Cal Poly tied for 68th place with the University of Southern California on the full list of more than 1,000 public and private universities. 
“The quality of a Cal Poly Learn by Doing education is comparable to the best in the nation, and this new ranking shows that,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “We prepare our graduates to excel from Day One in their careers, and we give them the hands-on experiences and the critical thinking skills that help them to keep achieving at the highest levels.”
Early-career starting salary data for each university in the PayScale report was derived from surveys of full-time employees with five or fewer years of experience in their career who hold a bachelor's degree and no higher degrees. Mid-career salary data was derived from surveys of full-time employees with at least 10 years of experience in their career or field. The study separately ranked universities based on all graduate and undergraduate alumni. Cal Poly offers some master's degrees but no doctorate-level programs.
View the full PayScale report

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