Average Salary for California State University - Chico Alumni

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than California State University. It is a university based in Chico, Calif. that is ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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California State University - Chico Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Project Manager, Construction
8 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
6 salaries
Assistant Project Manager, Construction
5 salaries
Executive Director
5 salaries
Software Developer
4 salaries
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318
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About This School

First and Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95929-0150

California State University Chico, California State University, Chico, California State University (CSU), Chico



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Graduates of Chico State head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the software development industry, the financial services industry, and the retail industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of Chico State alumni wind up in the construction industry. Graduates of Chico State earn $61K on average.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $72K after graduating from Chico State, the average woman earns only $59K.


The most lucrative professionals among Chico State alumni are Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of about $97K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at approximately $87K and around $70K, respectively, are Construction Project Managers and Executive Directors. Sliding in near the bottom are Project Engineers, who report earnings of $57K.


A large number of students head to Sacramento, Calif. after college. Roseville, Calif. is also a common destination for Chico State grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $89K. California State University pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in Chico despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay (about $47K). In addition, Chico State grads flock to neighboring San Francisco, Calif. as well as San Jose, Calif.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Business from Chico State can rake in a whopping average $135K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business Management offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($39K).


Former Wildcats who have experience with Data Analysis can expect to make 28 percent more than other alumni ($78K on average). Microsoft Excel is a common skill among Chico State alumni — one in six grads mention using it at work. Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in four survey participants, respectively). A large number of respondents have medical plans, and a strong majority of grads have dental insurance. Most former students set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits that California State University alumni receive are a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Alumni of California State University pick up average paychecks of around $60K, which is closest to the amount made by Chico State grads among similar schools. California State University-Sacramento, Sonoma State University, and San Francisco State University are also similar to Chico State.

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Test Scores

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ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for California State University - Chico


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$39,688 - $83,845
$40,310 - $99,932
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
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