California State University - Chico Alumni Average Salary

Around 15,000 undergrads attend California State University, a school in Chico, Calif.. The school sits in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. This report is based on the responses of Chico State graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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California State University - Chico School Alumni

Median Salary by Years Experience

Years Experience
National Salary Data 
1-4 years
12 salaries
5-9 years
10 salaries
10-19 years
10 salaries
20 years or more
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Jun 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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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Former Chico State students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the construction industry, the medical device manufacturing industry, and the public housing program industry. The most popular field is IT services. The average starting salary for a graduate of Chico State is approximately $66K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $59K where the average male graduate hauls home $76K.


Chico State alumni seem to appreciate living in Chico, and nearly one in eight grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. It is also not uncommon to find former Chico State students living and working in Sacramento, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of about $119K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Chico State grads is San Francisco, Calif. (median compensation is $50K). Nearby San Diego, Calif. is also a top pick for Chico State grads, as is Roseville, Calif.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Chico State grads with a Bachelor's Degree, Construction Management (average earnings climb to around $94K per year). A Bachelor of Science in Geology commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $50K.


Former Wildcats with Construction Estimating abilities can expect to make 49 percent more than their former classmates (around $98K). Project Management is a popular skill among Chico State alumni, with approximately one-fourth of workers reporting using it on the job. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Some students — slightly less than half of the alums — are paid for vacation time as well as sick leave. For this school, almost all alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a large number of respondents pick up dental plans, too. Nearly all alumni participate in a 401(k) program. Additional perks enjoyed by California State University grads include a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, California Polytechnic State University grads (who make an average of about $68K) earn salaries most similar to Chico State alumni. Other schools similar to Chico State include California State University-Sacramento, Sonoma State University, and San Francisco State University.

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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60 %
$35,234 - $102,695
$43,208 - $99,481

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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