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Average Salary for California State University - Chico Alumni

Positioned in the top 12 percent of universities by ROI, California State University — a school in Chico, Calif., with around 15,000 undergraduate students — gives families an outstanding long-term payout. The data for this snapshot was collected from Chico State graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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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
11 salaries
Project Engineer
8 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
7 salaries
Assistant Project Manager, Construction
6 salaries
Software Developer
5 salaries
Executive Director
5 salaries
Construction Estimator
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386

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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



State School

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Graduates of Chico State are found working in a number of different fields including the software development industry, the financial services industry, and the education industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the construction industry. Those with a degree from Chico State tend to make $61K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of about $57K per year compared to men, who earn $71K.


The Chico State alumni who make the most are Construction Project Managers; they report a median pay of $86K. Executive Directors and Assistant Project Managers of Construction draw in a fair amount as well — $70K and around $62K. Salaries are anything but generous for Human Resources Generalists, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at approximately $52K.


When it comes to compensation, Chico brings up the rear (median pay is about $46K); however, nearly one in ten Chico State alumni still choose not to leave this city. For those seeking more money, San Jose is a popular destination for former Chico State students; median pay is $90K. Graduates of Chico State also relocate to San Francisco, which is not far away, and San Diego.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of around $130K per year, former Wildcats who have a Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. Annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business Management are the lowest of the pack, earning $40K.


Chico State grads are usually competent in Project Management, and nearly one-sixth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Former Wildcats with Project Management abilities can expect to make 17 percent more than their former classmates ($71K). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service.

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 graduates have medical plans, and most survey participants have dental insurance. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a strong majority of respondents contribute to a 401(k). 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 graduates, who earn $60K on average, make a similar amount to Chico State grads. 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 1120
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for California State University - Chico


48 %
52 %
$37,606 - $78,151
$43,072 - $96,527
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 209 votes.

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