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

Attending California State University, a university based in Northridge, Calif., can pay off for students in the long run, with a ranking in the top 27 percent of universities by ROI. 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 numbers in this rundown were provided by the CSUN grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School
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California State University - Northridge (CSUN) Details


18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330


Also Known As:

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

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State Schools, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

48 %


9 %

% Stay In State:

86 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

49 %
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Graduates of CSUN work in a variety of industries including the health care industry, the manufacturing industry, and the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry. The aerospace and defense industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Graduates of CSUN typically earn around $58K.


Male graduates of CSUN out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $74K versus $58K for women.


Former CSUN students with an interest in making money consider becoming Financial Controllers, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to $86K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers (approximately $78K) and Mechanical Engineers ($61K). Sliding in near the bottom are Financial Analysts, who report earnings of $47K.


Many CSUN grads flock to Los Angeles. With a median salary of $74K, San Diego represents the highest-paid city popular among CSUN grads. CSUN alumni in Van Nuys can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $53K. Nearby Woodland Hills is also a top pick for CSUN grads, as is Burbank.


The Boeing Company offers the most generous salaries to CSUN grads at about $107K. However, many students do go on to find employment at Kaiser Permanente even though it offers the lowest average pay at around $65K.

Degree Major

CSUN grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $102K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Radio/Television & Film Production (approximately $46K annually).


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among CSUN alumni, with approximately one-seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. Former Matadors with Financial Analysis experience garner salaries that are 24 percent more than other grads' salaries. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. Health benefits extend to a fair portion of alumni, and a majority of alumni also receive dental coverage. To plan for old age, most grads maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Additional perks enjoyed by California State University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

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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SAT Scores* 810 1040
ACT Scores 16 22

Key Stats



51 %

female alumni


49 %

male alumni
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$41,438 - $97,973

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