Average Salary for Columbus State University Alumni

Columbus State University is a university based in Columbus, Ga. that is home to around 7,000 undergraduates. Replies from former CSU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

Columbus State University Alumni

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Assistant Police Chief
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Business Systems Analyst
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About This School

4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907-5645


State School

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Graduates of CSU work in a variety of sectors including clinical care, the financial services industry, and the health care industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the health insurance industry. A far departure from high-scoring SAT results, CSU alumni report earning only moderate salaries after graduating. Former CSU graduates bring in $50K on average.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $51K where the average male graduate hauls home around $72K.


Business Systems Analysts win the contest for best-paid CSU alumni, making $80K on average every year, though Assistant Police Chiefs (approximately $68K) are not far behind. Salaries are anything but generous for Senior Programmer Analysts, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $54K.


Columbus, Ga. keeps the largest number of CSU grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation (about $49K). Alternatively, Atlanta, Ga. is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is approximately $55K — which is an (obvious) draw for many CSU grads. Neighboring Covington, Ga. is another common pick among CSU grads, along with Columbus, Ohio.

Degree Major

Former Cougars who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Marketing (MKTG) and earn a median salary of about $111K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business Management tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average around $37K per year.


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among CSU alumni, with close to an eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Data Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 58 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($78K). Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just two-fifths of alumni get paid sick time. It is no small feat that a strong majority of alums are given health coverage, and a majority of grads accept dental insurance. A fair number of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Additional benefits handed to Columbus State University alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Alabama State University grads report the most similar salaries to CSU alums, earning $50K on average. Other schools similar to CSU include Auburn University at Montgomery, Troy University, and Georgia College & State University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1290 1620
ACT Scores 19 23

Key Stats for Columbus State University


46 %
54 %
$31,903 - $60,563
$38,785 - $81,926
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 13 votes.
$33,895 - $63,175
$40,138 - $80,576

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