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

Attending California State University, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Sacramento, Calif., and it is ranked in the top 18 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Hornets!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Sacramento State grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Alumni

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Project Engineer
7 salaries
Corporate Controller
5 salaries
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
5 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 458
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6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819-2694

California State University Sacramento, California State University, Sacramento, California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)



State School, For Sports Fans

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Former Sacramento State students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the education industry, the health care industry, and the health care services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the software development industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Sacramento State is around $60K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $73K per year compared to females' $59K.


The Sacramento State alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of about $100K. Information Technology Project Managers and Corporate Controllers draw in a fair amount as well — $95K and $85K, respectively. Senior Accountants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $56K in this job.


Despite handing out the worst average salary (around $61K), Sacramento, Calif. holds on to its Sacramento State student population, and two in five grads continue to reside in the city. On the other hand, Sacramento State alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Jose, Calif., which offers a median salary of $90K. Graduates of Sacramento State also relocate to Roseville, Calif., which is not far away, and Folsom, Calif.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Sacramento State alumni are those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) — they earn close to $124K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average approximately $43K per year.


For former Hornets, proficiency in Budget Management warrants a paycheck that is 32 percent more than other alumni salaries. Sacramento State alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with approximately one in seven grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in three grads, respectively). A large number of survey participants have medical plans, and a strong majority of respondents have dental insurance. A large number of former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Other benefits awarded to California State University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for California State University grads is $59K, making their salaries most similar to those of Sacramento State grads. Sonoma State University, California State University-East Bay, and San Francisco State University are also similar to Sacramento State.

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Test Scores

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SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
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ACT Scores 17 22

Key Stats for California State University - Sacramento (CSUS)


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$34,751 - $76,047
$44,598 - $99,497

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
$36,921 - $79,159
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