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

Ranked in the top 21 percent of universities by ROI, California State University is a university based in Fullerton, Calif., home to around 32,000 undergraduates. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Titans!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. The figures in this rundown were provided by CSUF alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

California State University - Fullerton (CSUF) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Accounting Manager
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Marketing Manager
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Marketing Director
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Office Manager
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Senior Accountant
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Regional Sales Manager
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Software Engineer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 832
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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 aerospace and defense industry, the health care industry, and the education industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular field is the manufacturing industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of CSUF is about $57K.


The most lucrative professionals among CSUF alumni are Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of around $79K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $74K and $63K are Accounting Managers and Marketing Directors. Office Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $40K.


Those with a degree from CSUF often relocate to Irvine after college. In addition, former CSUF students often head to Los Angeles after graduating, where typical salaries come to approximately $68K in this top-paying city. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with CSUF alumni is Anaheim, which offers median salaries of $55K. Nearby Orange is also a top pick for CSUF grads, as is Santa Ana.


Typical salaries reach $79K at The Walt Disney Company, where former CSUF students can easily make the most money. Salaries are decidedly lower at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), though, where employees earn $41K on average.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid CSUF alumni are those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance — they earn close to approximately $95K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Psychology tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making about $47K per year.


Nearly one in seven grads report using Microsoft Office as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Titans — they earn 41 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Customer Service.

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 in three grads for sick time. To plan for old age, a strong majority of graduates maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. A solid majority of alums receive health insurance, and most alums get dental coverage. Additional benefits handed to California State University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, California State University grads (who make an average of around $58K) earn salaries most similar to CSUF alumni. California State University-Long Beach, California State University-Dominguez Hills, and California State Polytechnic University-Pomona are also similar to CSUF.

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 %
$35,124 - $78,479
$40,169 - $93,847
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 434 votes.
$40,730 - $85,837
$36,689 - $88,675
$38,750 - $90,734
$32,264 - $79,248
$39,586 - $80,470

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