Average Salary for Columbus State University Alumni

Founded in Columbus, Ga., Columbus State University is an institution of higher learning for around 7,000 students. This report is based on the answers of CSU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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

Median Salary by Job

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Business Systems Analyst
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Assistant Police Chief
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Senior Programmer Analyst
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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About This School

4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907-5645


State School

30 %

8 %

79 %

52 %

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Graduates of CSU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the financial services industry, the health insurance industry, and the medical office industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of CSU alumni wind up in the health care industry. Curiously, the high SAT results reported by CSU alumni do not result in top-paid positions in the workforce — in fact, this group brings home rather low salaries. Former CSU graduates tend to bring in about $49K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $48K on average compared to $69K for male graduates.


CSU grads who become Business Systems Analysts are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $80K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Assistant Police Chiefs and Software Developers; their salaries approach approximately $68K and $50K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Senior Programmer Analysts, making an average of $50K.


Graduates of CSU take pride in the city of Columbus, and just over two-fifths of grads wind up living and working here after graduation. CSU grads also flock to Nashville, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is about $93K). Home to the lowest median salary for CSU alumni is Chicago, a popular place for former students despite its $41K average paycheck. Graduates of CSU also relocate to Atlanta, which is not far away, and Columbus.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Marketing (MKTG) earns CSU students the most money after college ($111K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business Management — their annual income amounts to $37K on average.


About one in eight CSU grads wind up using Microsoft Excel at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Operations Management commands a pay premium of 85 percent for former Cougars. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. A fair portion of respondents receive health insurance, and a majority of grads get dental coverage. A fair portion of former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Graduates of Columbus State University are also recipients of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $49K for University of West Georgia alumni, making their earnings most comparable to CSU grads. Other schools similar to CSU include Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama State University, and Troy University.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Columbus State University


48 %
52 %
$27,080 - $60,563
$39,065 - $82,528
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 28 votes.
$30,526 - $62,086
$40,309 - $77,320

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