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Average Salary for California State University - Fullerton (CSUF) Alumni

Combining good value and great education, California State University is ranked in the top 23 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 Fullerton, Calif. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Titans!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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 - Fullerton (CSUF) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Marketing Manager
13 salaries
Accounting Manager
12 salaries
Office Manager
9 salaries
Senior Accountant
9 salaries
Regional Sales Manager
8 salaries
Marketing Director
8 salaries
Software Engineer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 779

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About This School

800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599

California State University Fullerton, California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)


State School, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of CSUF head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the health care industry, the manufacturing industry, and the education industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The aerospace and defense industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Graduates of CSUF earn about $56K on average.


Former CSUF students with an interest in making money consider becoming Regional Sales Managers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $98K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Accounting Managers (around $76K) and Marketing Directors ($63K). Office Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $40K.


The most popular destination for former CSUF students is Irvine, Calif. With a median salary of $70K, Los Angeles, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among CSUF grads. California State University grads are so loyal to Fullerton that a sizable number choose to stay after graduating, despite median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (approximately $53K). Other popular cities for CSUF alumni include nearby Orange, Calif. and Santa Ana, Calif.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) from CSUF can rake in a whopping average around $100K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $51K.


CSUF alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Office, with around a sixth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. For former Titans, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 24 percent more than other alumni salaries. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-third of alumni for sick time. Most alumni set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. A large number of survey participants have medical plans, and a strong majority of alumni have dental insurance. California State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of California State University pick up average paychecks of $58K, which is closest to the amount made by CSUF grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to CSUF include California State University-Long Beach, California State University-Dominguez Hills, and California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
920 1130
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for California State University - Fullerton (CSUF)


52 %
48 %
$35,434 - $78,053
$39,618 - $93,738
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 286 votes.
$42,282 - $86,860
$38,541 - $89,149
$38,955 - $91,422
$40,722 - $77,000
$34,004 - $80,473

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