Sam Houston State University Alumni Average Salary

Around 16,000 people attend Sam Houston State University, a institution based in Huntsville, Texas. Though this small-town school draws in quite a few sports fans, the majority of students find work in neighboring cities like Houston, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and The Woodlands, Texas after graduating. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the retail industry, the banking industry, and the financial services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. A large chunk of former SHSU students are employed in the oil and gas field services industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Following graduation, SHSU students earn an average of around $53K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $48K on average compared to $64K for male graduates.


SHSU grads who become Construction Project Managers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in about $83K on average annually. However, Assistant Controllers and Purchasing Managers also rank as top-earners (bringing in approximately $65K each). Account Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $40K.


Many SHSU students are Houston, Texas-bound following college. Dallas, Texas is also a common destination for SHSU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $75K. Relative to other popular cities, Huntsville ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is around $29K); however, Sam Houston State University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Graduates of SHSU also relocate to The Woodlands, Texas, which is not far away, and Conroe, Texas.

Degree Major

SHSU students with a Master of Science (MS) can expect to make the most money ($81K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Graduates holding a B.A. in Mass Communication fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $27K.


For former Bearkats, proficiency in Financial Analysis warrants a paycheck that is 30 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many former SHSU students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and about one in five grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most former students contribute to a 401(k). A large number of former students receive health insurance, and more than half of alumni get dental coverage. Other benefits awarded to Sam Houston State University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of West Florida grads is $54K, making their salaries most similar to those of SHSU grads. Other schools similar to SHSU include Lamar University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

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