Average Salary for California State University - Northridge (CSUN) Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at California State University, a university based in Northridge, Calif.. The school is ranked in the top 29 percent of universities by return on investment. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Matadors!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The data for this snapshot was collected from CSUN graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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California State University - Northridge (CSUN) Alumni

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About This School

18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330

California State University (CSU), Northridge, california state university northridge, California State University, Northridge, California State University, Northridge (CSUN)



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Former CSUN students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the aerospace and defense industry, the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry, and the manufacturing industry. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. CSUN graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $57K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $75K per year, but the second group takes home only $57K.


In the CSUN alumni professional community, Corporate Controllers make the highest median pay ($90K), though Financial Controllers (about $85K), and Software Engineers ($82K) are close competitors. Executive Assistants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $45K.


Many CSUN grads end up living in Los Angeles, Calif., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Valencia, Calif. is also a common destination for CSUN grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $78K. Though Pasadena, Calif. takes the cake for lowest pay among CSUN grads (the median salary is $56K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Neighboring Woodland Hills, Calif. is another common pick among CSUN grads, along with Burbank, Calif.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) earns CSUN students the most money after college (an average approximately $112K per year). A B.A. in Liberal Studies is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $44K.


Many former CSUN students are familiar with Microsoft Office, and close to one-eighth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. For former Matadors, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 26 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Customer Service are among other dominant skills.

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. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most alumni contribute to a 401(k). Most alums have medical plans, and the larger part of survey participants have dental insurance. California State University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

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

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Test Scores

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ACT Scores 16 22

Key Stats for California State University - Northridge (CSUN)


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