California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Alumni Average Salary

Ranked in the top 18 percent of universities by return on investment, California State University is a university based in Sacramento, Calif., and it's home to around 26,000 undergraduates. 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. The data in this summary come from Sacramento State alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Software Engineer
22 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
20 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
18 salaries
Senior Accountant
16 salaries
Marketing Manager
16 salaries
Graphic Designer
16 salaries
Executive Assistant
15 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,345

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6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819-2694

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


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Graduates of Sacramento State head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the accounting, auditing and tax services industry, the engineering services industry, and the banking industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the consulting industry. Former Sacramento State graduates bring in $63K on average.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks about $83K per year, but the second group takes home only around $58K.


The Sacramento State alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $88K. Civil Engineers and Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — approximately $82K and $61K, respectively. Human Resources Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $59K.


Many Sacramento State alumni remain in Sacramento after graduation; over a third of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. It is no surprise that Houston, Texas, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $85K), is another of the most popular spots for former Sacramento State students. Home to the lowest median salary for Sacramento State alumni is Seattle, Wash., a popular place for former students despite its about $62K average paycheck. Nearby Roseville, Calif. is also a top pick for Sacramento State grads, as is San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of approximately $82K per year, former Hornets who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) are the best paid among the alumni population. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design are the lowest of the pack, earning around $63K.


Former Hornets with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 31 percent more than other grads' salaries. Approximately one in six Sacramento State grads wind up using Microsoft Office at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of respondents have medical plans, and a strong majority of alums have dental insurance. A large number of former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. California State University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Median pay for San Francisco State University grads is $62K, making their salaries most similar to those of Sacramento State grads. Other schools similar to Sacramento State include Sonoma State University, California State University-East Bay, and California State University-Stanislaus.

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