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Average Salary for California State University - Chico Alumni

Around 15,000 undergrads attend California State University, a school in Chico, Calif., grouped in the top 12 percent of universities by ROI, where they receive a great education with a lesser long-term cost. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Chico State grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

California State University - Chico Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Project Manager, Construction
12 salaries
Project Engineer
12 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
11 salaries
Assistant Project Manager, Construction
9 salaries
Executive Director
7 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
7 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 15 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 553
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California State University - Chico Details

First and Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95929-0150

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The software development industry, the education industry, and the financial services industry are just a few of the areas in which Chico State grads find work. The most popular professional field seems to be the construction industry. Those with an education from Chico State earn an average of $61K.


Male graduates of Chico State out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of approximately $71K versus around $58K for women.


The biggest paychecks among Chico State alumni are earned by Construction Project Managers — these former students make $86K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Assistant Project Managers of Construction ($62K) and Mechanical Engineers (about $60K). Financial Analysts wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $48K.


Chico keeps the largest number of Chico State grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation ($47K). For those seeking more money, San Jose is a popular destination for former Chico State students; median pay is about $90K. Other popular cities for Chico State alumni include nearby San Francisco and San Diego.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of $130K per year, former Wildcats who have a Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business Management offers the lowest annual financial reward (approximately $40K).


Project Management is a popular skill among Chico State alumni, with roughly a sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. Former Wildcats with Project Management abilities can expect to make 17 percent more than their former classmates ($71K). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. A strong majority of alums report contributing to a 401(k). Dental insurance applies to most respondents, and a strong majority of grads report health coverage. California State University graduates also take advantage of a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, California State University grads (who make an average of around $60K) earn salaries most similar to Chico State alumni. California State University-Sacramento, Sonoma State University, and San Francisco State University are also similar to Chico State.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
910 1130
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats

48 %
52 %
$37,831 - $76,990
$43,595 - $96,693
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 229 votes.

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