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

Students looking for a top value school need look no further than California State University, a university based in Sacramento, Calif., that is ranked in the top 24 percent of universities by ROI. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Hornets!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. This report is based on the answers of Sacramento State graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Project Engineer
11 salaries
Senior Accountant
8 salaries
Operations Manager
7 salaries
Corporate Controller
6 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
6 salaries
Director of Operations
6 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 655
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About This School

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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Graduates of Sacramento State are found working in a number of different fields including the software development industry, the education industry, and the construction industry. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Graduates of Sacramento State typically earn $61K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid Sacramento State alumni, typically making approximately $98K every year, though Directors of Operations (around $95K), and Operations Managers (about $80K) are not far behind. Senior Accountants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of $57K in this job.


Sacramento State alumni seldom move away from Sacramento after college; in fact, nearly two in five former students find lasting work in the city they adore. With a median salary of $87K, San Francisco represents the highest-paid city popular among Sacramento State grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Sacramento State grads is Rancho Cordova (median compensation is $60K). In addition, Sacramento State grads flock to neighboring Roseville as well as San Jose.


Typical salaries reach around $117K at Hewlett-Packard Company, where former Sacramento State students can easily make the most money. In contrast, Intel Corporation ranks much lower on the pay scale; the median salary there is $90K.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration earns Sacramento State students the most money after college ($110K per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $44K per year.


Knowledge of Operations Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 29 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $78K). Nearly one-seventh of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

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-third of alumni for sick time. A strong majority of former students save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A solid majority of alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair portion of respondents receive dental plans, too. Alumni of California State University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, California State University grads (who make an average of $60K) earn salaries most similar to Sacramento State alumni. Other schools similar to Sacramento State include Sonoma State University, California State University-East Bay, and San Francisco State University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
840 1060
ACT Scores 17 22

Key Stats for California State University - Sacramento (CSUS)


50 %
50 %
$35,536 - $77,761
$44,851 - $96,495
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 252 votes.
$37,500 - $79,196
$50,745 - $121,067
$41,938 - $121,985
$41,156 - $100,292
$33,702 - $101,257

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