California State University - Chico Alumni Average Salary

Ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment, California State University is a university based in Chico, Calif., and it's home to around 15,000 undergraduates. This report is based on the responses of Chico State graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Median Salary by Job

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Project Manager, Construction
7 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
5 salaries
Software Developer
4 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
4 salaries
Software Engineer
3 salaries
Executive Director
3 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224
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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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Chico State alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the software development industry, the financial services industry, and the retail industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the construction industry. The average salary for a grad from Chico State is $61K.


Among Chico State graduates, the biggest earners are Software Engineers, who haul in $97K on average. Next on the list are Construction Project Managers and Executive Directors, bringing in around $87K and $70K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Project Engineers — they bring in approximately $57K.


Sacramento, Calif. is a hot spot for Chico State alum. Roseville, Calif. is also a common destination for Chico State grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $90K. Many former Wildcats can't resist staying in Chico after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (about $50K). Other common destinations for Chico State grads include close-by San Francisco, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Chico State grads with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Business (average earnings climb to $135K per year). A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business Management commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of approximately $39K.


Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Wildcats — they earn 19 percent more than their fellow graduates. Chico State grads are usually competent in Project Management, and close to one-sixth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. To plan for old age, a large number of alumni maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of graduates, and a large number of former students report health coverage. California State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as 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 $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.

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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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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
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