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

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than California State University. It is a university based in Sacramento, Calif. that is ranked in the top 18 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Hornets!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Typical Early Career Salary

California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Alumni

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Project Engineer
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Senior Accountant
8 salaries
Operations Manager
7 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Corporate Controller
6 salaries
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
6 salaries
Civil Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 616

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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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Graduates of Sacramento State head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the software development industry, the education industry, and the civil engineering services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. Sacramento State graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $60K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $72K, but the median for the latter is only $59K.


Among Sacramento State alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of $99K, followed by Senior Financial Analysts ($90K), and Operations Managers (about $80K). Certified Public Accountants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $57K.


Sacramento, Calif. keeps the largest number of Sacramento State grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation ($61K). Sacramento State grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in San Jose, Calif. — pay averages to approximately $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 $113K on average per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in about $43K on average per year.


Microsoft Excel is a common skill among Sacramento State alumni — close to one-seventh of grads mention using it at work. Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 33 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($80K). Experience with Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. It is no small feat that a large number of survey participants are given health coverage, and a fair number of alums accept dental insurance. A large number of respondents participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. California State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of California State University pick up average paychecks of around $60K, which is closest to the amount made by Sacramento State grads among similar schools. 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 %
$35,375 - $77,016
$44,222 - $98,755
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 166 votes.
$37,193 - $79,059
$51,600 - $124,947
$40,842 - $146,653
$39,996 - $99,089
$49,665 - $101,232

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