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Average Salary for California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than California State University, a university based in Sacramento, Calif., that is ranked in the top 24 percent of universities by ROI. The data for this snapshot was collected from Sacramento State graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Project Engineer
16 salaries
Civil Engineer
8 salaries
Senior Accountant
8 salaries
Director of Operations
8 salaries
Operations Manager
7 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
7 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 796
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California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Details

6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819-2694

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The software development industry, the education industry, and the construction industry are just a few of the areas in which Sacramento State grads find work. Among Sacramento State grads, the health care industry is a commonly chosen career field. Following graduation, Sacramento State students earn an average of around $61K.


In the Sacramento State alumni community, men make a median salary of $71K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $59K.


The biggest paychecks among Sacramento State alumni are earned by Directors of Operations — these former students make approximately $95K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Senior Financial Analysts (about $88K) and Operations Managers ($85K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Human Resources Managers — they bring in $56K.


Sacramento State alumni typically remain in Sacramento, the city they've grown to love, after graduation, and about two in five grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. Sacramento State grads also flock to San Francisco, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is about $86K). On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Sacramento State grads is Rancho Cordova (median compensation is approximately $60K). Nearby Roseville is also a top pick for Sacramento State grads, as is San Jose.


Former Sacramento State students head to Hewlett-Packard Company for above-average paychecks of $121K. One of the lowest-paying employers is Kaiser Permanente, where employees earn $73K on average.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Sacramento State alumni are those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration — they earn close to $110K per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of $44K.


Knowledge of Operations Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 30 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $79K). Approximately one-seventh of Sacramento State grads wind up using Microsoft Excel at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. The greater part of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. A strong majority of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most grads receive dental plans, too. California State University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages approximately $60K for California State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Sacramento State grads. Sonoma State University, California State University-East Bay, and San Francisco State University are also similar to Sacramento State.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
830 1060
ACT Scores 17 23

Key Stats

49 %
51 %
$35,306 - $77,705
$44,718 - $96,258
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 294 votes.
$111,812 - $132,109
$75,000 - $115,000
$45,550 - $96,750
$37,332 - $79,673
$50,876 - $120,299
$41,938 - $121,985
$41,156 - $100,292
$33,702 - $99,704

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