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Average Salary for SUNY - College at Buffalo Alumni

Located in Buffalo, N.Y., roughly 10,000 students call SUNY College at Buffalo home for four years. Replies from former Buffalo State students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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5-9 years
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SUNY - College at Buffalo Details


1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222

Also Known As:

SUNY College at Buffalo

Students Enrolled:



State Schools

Graduation Rate:

48 %


8 %

% Stay In State:

74 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

46 %
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The majority of alumni accept jobs in the manufacturing industry. Given the high SAT scores reported by Buffalo State grads, their lower-than-average salaries are somewhat surprising. Typical pay for those who graduated from Buffalo State amounts to around $45K.


Male graduates do tend to earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $85K per year, but the second group takes home only $44K.


Upon earning their degree, many Buffalo State grads prefer to remain in Buffalo; in fact, more than a third of grads enjoy the area so much that they find permanent jobs in the city. The top-paying city popular with Buffalo State alumni is Tampa, which offers median salaries of approximately $116K. Buffalo State alumni in New York can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $39K. Other cities of interest among Buffalo State alumni include nearby Rochester and Minneapolis.

Degree Major

A Bachelor's Degree will compensate Buffalo State grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in about $46K per year. Graduates holding a B.A. in Communication fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of $40K.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among Buffalo State alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, slightly more than a fifth of former students report doing so. Sales Management commands a pay premium of 184 percent for former Bengals. Inventory Management, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

A majority of graduates enjoy paid vacation and sick leave. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most alums contribute to a 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a fair portion of grads, and slightly more than half of the graduates sign up for dental plans. SUNY College at Buffalo alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, flexible hours, and optional telecommute / work from home.

Related Schools

Median pay for SUNY College at Cortland grads is around $48K, making their salaries most similar to those of Buffalo State grads. SUNY College at Brockport, SUNY College at Oswego, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania are also similar to Buffalo State.

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Test Scores
Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores* 880 1070
ACT Scores 18 23

Key Stats



64 %

female alumni


36 %

male alumni
$28,782 - $58,500
$30,410 - $113,700

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

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