California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Alumni Average Salary

California State University is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Sacramento, Calif., the school is ranked in the top 18 percent of universities by return on investment. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Hornets!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Sacramento State grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Software Engineer
19 salaries
Marketing Manager
16 salaries
Project Engineer
16 salaries
Graphic Designer
15 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
15 salaries
Executive Assistant
13 salaries
Office Manager
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,125

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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 work in a variety of sectors including the accounting, auditing and tax services industry, the engineering services industry, and the health care industry. The consulting industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Starting salaries of $62K are the median among Sacramento State grads.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $82K, but the median for the latter is only around $59K.


Though Sacramento, Calif. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $63K), more than a third of Sacramento State students continue living here after college. However, Sacramento State grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Houston, Texas — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of approximately $85K. In addition, Sacramento State grads flock to neighboring Roseville, Calif. as well as Rocklin, Calif.

Degree Major

Former Hornets who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE) and earn a median salary of about $78K per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $63K on average per year.


Many former Sacramento State students are familiar with Microsoft Office, and nearly one-seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Knowledge of Training seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 41 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $87K). Also considered top-notch skills are Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of alumni opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of alums, and a large number of respondents report health coverage. Additional perks enjoyed by California State University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

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

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