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

Combining good value and great education, California State University is ranked in the top 29 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 Northridge, Calif. 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. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

Read More

Overall College ROI Rank

out of 1223
See full list

ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 408

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

California State University - Northridge (CSUN) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Executive Assistant
7 salaries
Corporate Controller
6 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Financial Controller
5 salaries
Operations Manager
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 503
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Comp Managers: Start Here »

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)



State School, For Sports Fans

46 %

9 %

88 %

58 %

Freebase CC-BY Source: Freebase, licensed under CC-BY; IPEDS (As of January, 2015)


The aerospace and defense industry, the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry, and the medical device manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which CSUN grads find work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. Median pay for those who graduated from CSUN amounts to $57K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is around $75K, but the median for the latter is only $57K.


Among CSUN alumni, those working as Corporate Controllers report the highest median pay of approximately $90K, followed by Financial Controllers (about $86K), and Software Engineers ($82K). Executive Assistants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $45K.


Los Angeles, Calif. is a hub for CSUN graduates — a large number call this city home. With a median salary of $78K, Valencia, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among CSUN grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among CSUN grads is Pasadena, Calif. (median compensation is about $56K). Nearby Woodland Hills, Calif. and Burbank, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for CSUN grads.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid CSUN alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) — they earn close to $117K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Liberal Studies tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $44K per year.


Former Matadors with Financial Analysis experience garner salaries that are 25 percent more than other grads' salaries. Microsoft Office is a popular skill among CSUN alumni, with nearly one in seven workers reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of former students set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Most respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of survey participants receive dental plans, too. Additional perks enjoyed by California State University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for California State University grads is approximately $58K, making their salaries most similar to those of CSUN grads. Other schools similar to CSUN include California State University-Los Angeles, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, and California State University-Dominguez Hills.

California State University - Northridge (CSUN) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
800 1040
ACT Scores 16 22

Key Stats for California State University - Northridge (CSUN)


52 %
48 %
$34,366 - $77,220
$42,975 - $95,728

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 votes.
$39,417 - $85,649
$29,799 - $73,268
$28,852 - $80,500
$32,681 - $84,341
$30,346 - $83,390

More Salary Charts for California State University - Northridge (CSUN)

Most Popular Job for California State University - Northridge (CSUN) Alumni
Median Salary Charts

Most Popular Years Experience for California State University - Northridge (CSUN) Alumni
Median Salary Charts

Most Popular Employer Name for California State University - Northridge (CSUN) Alumni
Median Salary Charts

Most Popular City for California State University - Northridge (CSUN) Alumni
Median Salary Charts

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Comp Managers: Start Here »
United States (change)

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Salary and career advice to put you a step ahead.
newsletter icon


Recent Blog Posts on Career News

Want to Get More Specific? Get a Salary Report Customized for YOU

Log in with LinkedIn

Tell us about your current job and your skillset, and we’ll let you know how much employers are paying in your area.