Average Salary for Montclair State University Alumni

Montclair State University is a school located in Montclair, N.J. with around 15,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 26 percent of universities by return on investment. This report is based on the responses of Montclair State graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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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

Montclair State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Senior Accountant
8 salaries
Graphic Designer
6 salaries
Executive Assistant
6 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Director
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Account Executive
5 salaries
Marketing Director
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 313

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About This School

1 Normal Avenue - 855 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07043-1624


State School

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Graduates of Montclair State work in a variety of sectors including the retail industry, the health care industry, and IT services. Among Montclair State grads, the telecommunications industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average starting salary for a graduate of Montclair State is $58K.


In the Montclair State alumni professional community, Human Resources Directors make the highest median pay ($107K), though Senior Accountants (around $67K), and Executive Assistants (about $62K) are close competitors. Graphic Designers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $38K in this job.


Home to a large number of Montclair State alums, Parsippany, N.J. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. New York, N.Y. is another hot spot for Montclair State grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $74K). For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with Montclair State alumni is Somerset, N.J., which offers a median salary of $51K. Other common destinations for Montclair State grads include close-by Montclair, N.J. and Fairfield, N.J.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration leads to the highest pay for Montclair State grads (around $90K on average per year). Those with an Associate's Degree face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $36K per year.


Project Management commands a pay premium of 27 percent for former Red Hawks. One-seventh of grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. A strong majority of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of graduates receive dental plans, too. A strong majority of grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Montclair State University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of William Paterson University of New Jersey pick up average paychecks of $59K, which is closest to the amount made by Montclair State grads among similar schools. CUNY City College, CUNY Lehman College, and CUNY Hunter College are also similar to Montclair State.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1310 1590
ACT Scores

Key Stats for Montclair State University


59 %
41 %
$33,946 - $81,192
$38,648 - $92,503
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 87 votes.
$35,256 - $108,090
$42,493 - $104,298
$41,600 - $64,000
$30,521 - $80,576
$45,781 - $117,916
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