Average Salary for Sam Houston State University Alumni

Nestled away in Huntsville, Texas, Sam Houston State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 16,000. Students searching for a quaint college campus with a significant athletic presence fit in well at this school, though many graduate to urban areas like Houston, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and Huntsville, Texas after college. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Sam Houston State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Operations Manager
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Office Manager
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Account Manager
3 salaries
Accounting Manager
3 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
3 salaries
Executive Director
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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Graduates of SHSU go into the oil and gas exploration industry, the banking industry, and public K-12 education, 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. Starting salaries of approximately $56K are the median among SHSU grads.


In the SHSU alumni community, men make a median salary of $65K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $49K.


Among SHSU graduates, the biggest earners are Operations Managers, who haul in $75K on average. Next on the list are Financial Analysts and Executive Directors, bringing in $70K and around $60K, respectively. Elementary School Teachers pick up about $36K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many SHSU students are Houston, Texas-bound following college. SHSU grads also flock to San Antonio, Texas, which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is approximately $70K). Sam Houston State University pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in Huntsville despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay ($31K). Other cities of interest among SHSU alumni include nearby Dallas, Texas and The Woodlands, Texas.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) earns SHSU students the most money after college (an average $130K per year). Graduates holding a B.A. in Mass Communication fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $30K.


Many former SHSU students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and nearly one-seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Former Bearkats with Financial Analysis experience garner salaries that are 22 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Project Management command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in three grads receive sick leave. Health benefits extend to most graduates, and a strong majority of grads also receive dental coverage. Most alumni save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Sam Houston State University graduates also take advantage of a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Morgan State University grads report the most similar salaries to SHSU alums, earning around $56K on average. Lamar University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and the University of West Florida are also similar to SHSU.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Sam Houston State University


52 %
48 %
$31,337 - $64,257
$38,710 - $80,096
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 97 votes.
$38,693 - $74,848
$33,843 - $66,900
$23,477 - $45,500
$45,615 - $73,784
$32,556 - $81,559

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