California State University - Chico Alumni Average Salary

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 data in this summary come from Chico State alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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College ROI Report

162nd

20 Year Net ROI 

$442,400

Annual ROI 

9.4%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$90,600

Compare to Other Schools

College Salary Report

151st

Early Career Salary 

$47,600

Mid-Career Salary 

$89,600

% High Meaning 

49 %

Compare to Other 4-Year Schools

California State University - Chico Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Project Manager, Construction
5 salaries
$84,871  
   
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
4 salaries
$60,000  
Human Resources (HR) Manager
4 salaries
$55,000  
Software Developer
3 salaries
$70,000  
Professional Services Manager
2 salaries
$110,479  
Marketing Director
2 salaries
$67,000  
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
2 salaries
$66,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 6 Feb 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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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

em.csuchico.edu/admissions/

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State School

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Industry

Graduates of Chico State go into the education industry, IT services, and the software development industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular field is the construction industry. Those with an education from Chico State earn an average of $61K.

Gender

After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $55K per year compared to men, who earn $74K.

Jobs

Among Chico State graduates, the biggest earners are Software Engineers, who haul in approximately $92K on average. Next on the list are Construction Project Managers and Marketing Managers, bringing in around $85K and about $79K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Human Resources Managers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $55K.

Locations

For reasons other than money, Chico State grads are most commonly found still living in Chico, Calif., where median pay sits at the bottom of the pay scale ($47K). On the flipside, Chico State grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in San Jose, Calif. where median pay is $93K. Other common destinations for Chico State grads include close-by San Francisco, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (CE) from Chico State can rake in a whopping average around $110K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A B.A. in Anthropology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $38K.

Skills

Former Wildcats with Construction Estimating experience garner salaries that are 44 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many Chico State grads have knowledge of Project Management, with slightly less than one-fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one in five survey participants for sick time. Most respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most survey participants are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of former students report dental coverage, too. Graduates of California State University are also recipients of a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $60K for California State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Chico State grads. 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

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %
Salary
$39,385 - $79,556
Salary
$39,175 - $99,327
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Matson & Isom
$47,500
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$101,379
$33,446 - $70,010
$39,732 - $116,997
$39,723 - $68,784
$55,441 - $84,286
$48,834 - $113,986

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