Sam Houston State University Alumni Average Salary

Around 16,000 people attend Sam Houston State University, a institution based in Huntsville, Texas. Replies from former SHSU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Sam Houston State University Alumni

Median Salary by Years Experience

National Salary Data 
Accounting Manager
11 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
10 salaries
Office Manager
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Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
8 salaries
Financial Controller
8 salaries
Software Developer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 764

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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 find work in an assortment of industries including the financial services industry, the consulting industry, and the manufacturing industry. The majority of SHSU alumni wind up in the retail industry. For SHSU alumni, high SAT scores do not correlate to high-paying positions in the workforce. Starting salaries of $46K are the median among SHSU grads.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $52K per year compared to men, who earn about $66K.


A large number of students head to Conroe, Texas after college. With a median salary of approximately $75K, Dallas, Texas represents the highest-paid city popular among SHSU grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among SHSU grads is Houston, Texas (median compensation is $55K). Graduates of SHSU also relocate to Austin, Texas, which is not far away, and Huntsville, Texas.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS) leads to the highest pay for SHSU grads (around $81K on average per year). Graduates holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $41K.


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SHSU alumni, with slightly less than a third of grads reporting using it on the job. Former Bearkats who have experience with People Management can expect to make 57 percent more than other alumni ($72K on average). Experience with Microsoft Office, Accounts Receivable, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though a strong majority of survey participants get paid time off for vacation, only one in three grads receive paid sick leave. It is no small feat that a large number of respondents are given health coverage, and more than half of graduates accept dental insurance. A large number of survey participants take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Additional benefits handed to Sam Houston State University alumni include a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Texas a & M University grads (who make an average of $51K) earn salaries most similar to SHSU alumni. Lamar University, the University of West Florida, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University are also similar to SHSU.

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Key Stats for Sam Houston State University


67 %
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$23,270 - $65,000
$55,955 - $73,609

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$24,161 - $81,389
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