Sam Houston State University Alumni Average Salary

Around 16,000 people attend Sam Houston State University, a institution based in Huntsville, Texas. This small-town school with athletic appeal is the stomping ground for many students who go on to live in nearby cities, including Houston, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and Huntsville, Texas. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Office Manager
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Operations Manager
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Project Manager, Construction
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Account Manager
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Branch Manager, Banking
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General / Operations Manager
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About This School

1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of SHSU go into the oil and gas exploration industry, public K-12 education, and the manufacturing industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. Among SHSU grads, the oil and gas field services industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average salary for a grad from SHSU is $56K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $49K where the average male graduate hauls home $65K.


SHSU grads who become Operations Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average around $75K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Financial Analysts and Financial Analysts; their salaries approach $74K and about $70K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Office Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of approximately $43K.


The most popular destination for former SHSU students is Houston, Texas. Another city that attracts a wealth of SHSU grads is San Antonio, Texas; given its high compensation ($70K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Many former Bearkats can't resist staying in Huntsville after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($31K). SHSU alumni express interest in nearby Dallas, Texas and The Woodlands, Texas as well.

Degree Major

SHSU grads who hold a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average approximately $130K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Mass Communication ($30K on average annually).


Knowledge of Financial Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 23 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $69K). Many former SHSU students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and close to a sixth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Project Management are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of alumni report contributing to a 401(k). Most respondents have medical plans, and a strong majority of respondents have dental insurance. Sam Houston State University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Morgan State University graduates, who earn $55K on average, make a similar amount to SHSU grads. Lamar University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and the University of West Florida are also similar to SHSU.

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ACT Scores 19 23

Key Stats for Sam Houston State University


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$30,952 - $64,197
$38,987 - $80,233
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.
$38,371 - $74,837
$33,451 - $62,884
$23,477 - $45,500
$50,980 - $72,497
$32,556 - $81,559

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