Average Salary for California State University - Chico Alumni

Combining good value and great education, California State University is ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Chico, Calif. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

California State University - Chico Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Project Manager, Construction
8 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
6 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Executive Director
5 salaries
Assistant Project Manager, Construction
5 salaries
Software Engineer
4 salaries
Construction Estimator
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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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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Professionally, the software development industry, the financial services industry, and the retail industry are popular business areas among Chico State alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the construction industry. Graduates of Chico State earn $61K on average.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $59K whereas the men's median is around $72K.


Chico State grads who become Construction Project Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $87K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Executive Directors and Software Developers; their salaries approach about $70K and $67K, respectively. Recruiters pick up approximately $46K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Home to a large number of Chico State alums, Sacramento, Calif. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Roseville, Calif. is also a common destination for Chico State grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $90K. Relative to other popular cities, Chico ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is about $47K); however, California State University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Graduates of Chico State also relocate to San Francisco, Calif., which is not far away, and San Diego, 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. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business Management are the lowest of the pack, earning approximately $39K.


Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Wildcats — they earn 23 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many former Chico State students are familiar with Project Management, and approximately one in six grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in five survey participants get paid sick time. To plan for old age, most survey participants maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a large number of former students are given health coverage, and a strong majority of respondents accept dental insurance. California State University grads also enjoy benefits like a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

California State University grads report the most similar salaries to Chico State alums, earning $60K on average. California State University-Sacramento, Sonoma State University, and San Francisco State University are also similar to Chico State.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
910 1120
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for California State University - Chico


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Job Satisfaction

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