Average Salary for Sam Houston State University Alumni

Sam Houston State University, a school in Huntsville, Texas, has roughly 16,000 undergrads. Sports fans are drawn to this small-community school, but graduates tend to relocate to close-by cities for work, including Houston, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and Huntsville, Texas. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Sam Houston State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Operations Manager
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Office Manager
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Accounting Manager
3 salaries
Construction Superintendent
3 salaries
Financial Analyst
3 salaries
Credit Analyst
3 salaries
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About This School

1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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SHSU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the oil and gas exploration industry, the banking industry, and public K-12 education. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the oil and gas field services industry. SHSU graduates see an average starting salary of $56K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $49K on average compared to approximately $65K for male graduates.


Among SHSU graduates, the biggest earners are Operations Managers, who haul in about $75K on average. Next on the list are Senior Financial Analysts and Accounting Managers, bringing in $74K and around $64K, respectively. Account Managers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $35K in this job.


Houston, Texas is a hub for SHSU graduates — a large number call this city home. San Antonio, Texas is another hot spot for SHSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $70K). Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Huntsville at approximately $31K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Sam Houston State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Close-by Dallas, Texas and The Woodlands, Texas are also desirable cities among SHSU alumni.

Degree Major

Former Bearkats who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Doctorate (PhD) and earn a median salary of $130K per year. Those with a B.A. in Mass Communication face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average about $30K per year.


Financial Analysis commands a pay premium of 22 percent for former Bearkats. Many former SHSU students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and close to one-sixth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in three grads get paid sick time. To plan for old age, most grads maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Most alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of survey participants receive dental plans, too. Sam Houston State University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of West Florida graduates, who earn $56K on average, make a similar amount to SHSU grads. Lamar University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University are also similar to SHSU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
920 1090
ACT Scores 19 23

Key Stats for Sam Houston State University


52 %
48 %
$31,246 - $64,144
$38,412 - $80,814

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.
$38,596 - $75,117
$33,573 - $62,202
$23,477 - $45,500
$45,615 - $73,784
$32,556 - $81,559

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