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Average Salary for Columbus State University Alumni

Located in Columbus, Ga., roughly 7,000 students call Columbus State University home for four years. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the CSU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

Columbus State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Senior Programmer Analyst
3 salaries
Business Systems Analyst
2 salaries
Assistant Police Chief
2 salaries
Software Developer
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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Columbus State University Details

4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907-5645


State Schools

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Graduates of CSU work in a variety of industries including the health care industry, clinical care, and the health insurance industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the financial services industry. Despite the excellent SAT scores reported by CSU alumni, former students go on to earn relatively modest salaries. Those with a degree from CSU tend to make $48K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn about $66K per year compared to females' $48K.


Among CSU alumni, those working as Business Systems Analysts report the highest median pay of around $80K, followed by Assistant Police Chiefs ($68K), and Mental Health Counselors (approximately $63K). Sliding in near the bottom are Senior Programmer Analysts, who report earnings of $50K.


CSU students enjoy their time in Columbus, and more than two-fifths of students actually choose to reside here post-college and find jobs in the city. With a median salary of approximately $93K, Nashville represents the highest-paid city popular among CSU grads. For comparison, the lowest paying city popular with CSU alumni is Chicago, which offers median salaries of $41K. Nearby Atlanta is also a top pick for CSU grads, as is Columbus.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid CSU alumni are those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Marketing (MKTG) — they earn close to $111K per year. A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business Management commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of around $37K.


Former Cougars who have experience with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) can expect to make 70 percent more than other alumni ($83K on average). Microsoft Excel is a common skill among CSU alumni — close to an eighth of grads mention using it at work. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Only about half of the alumni enjoy paid vacation and two-fifths of alumni receive sick leave. Most former students receive health insurance, and a majority of graduates get dental coverage. Most grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits awarded to Columbus State University alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and stock purchase plan.

Related Schools

University of West Georgia graduates, who earn $48K on average, make a similar amount to CSU grads. Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama State University, and Troy University are also similar to CSU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1290 1620
ACT Scores 18 22

Key Stats

47 %
53 %
$27,911 - $59,726
$38,565 - $81,418
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
$31,323 - $62,086
$40,309 - $77,320

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