California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Alumni Average Salary

Around 26,000 undergrads attend California State University, a school in Sacramento, Calif.. The school sits in the top 18 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Hornets!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Alumni

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Software Engineer
24 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
19 salaries
Marketing Manager
18 salaries
Graphic Designer
18 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
17 salaries
Project Engineer
16 salaries
Executive Assistant
15 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,310

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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 go into the accounting, auditing and tax services industry, the engineering services industry, and the banking industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the consulting industry. Graduates of Sacramento State earn around $62K on average.


Male graduates of Sacramento State out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $83K versus $58K for women.


The most generous salaries among Sacramento State alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to $88K, followed by Civil Engineers (about $82K) and Mechanical Engineers ($61K). On the lower end, Human Resources Managers report making approximately $59K.


Many Sacramento State alumni remain in Sacramento after graduation; over a third of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. Another city that attracts a wealth of Sacramento State grads is Houston, Texas; given its high compensation (around $85K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Though Seattle, Wash. takes the cake for lowest pay among Sacramento State grads (the median salary is $62K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other cities of interest among Sacramento State alumni include nearby San Francisco, Calif. and Roseville, Calif.

Degree Major

Sacramento State grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average about $78K 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 $63K per year.


Microsoft Office is a popular skill among Sacramento State alumni, with about a sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. Linux commands a pay premium of 52 percent for former Hornets. Experience with Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-third of alumni for sick time. A large number of alumni opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. For this school, a large number of graduates are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of alumni pick up dental plans, too. 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. Other schools similar to Sacramento State include California State University-East Bay, San Francisco State University, and California State University-Stanislaus.

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