Average Salary for Sam Houston State University Alumni

Sam Houston State University is a public research university based in Huntsville, Texas that is home to around 16,000 undergraduates. This small-town school is a magnet for sports enthusiasts, though many students relocate to larger cities — Houston, Dallas, and The Woodlands are among the top picks — after graduation. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Typical Early Career Salary

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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Executive Director
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Administrative Assistant
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Accounting Manager
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Account Manager
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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About This School

1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

51 %

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46 %

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Graduates of SHSU work in a variety of sectors including the oil and gas exploration industry, the banking industry, and the education industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the oil and gas field services industry. SHSU graduates see an estimated starting salary of approximately $54K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $49K on average compared to $61K for male graduates.


SHSU grads who become Financial Controllers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making about $78K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Operations Managers and Accounting Managers; their salaries approach $74K and $64K, respectively. Office Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $40K.


Many SHSU grads end up living in Houston, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. It is no surprise that San Antonio, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $68K), is another of the most popular spots for former SHSU students. Sam Houston State University alumni often stay in Huntsville following graduation despite having one of the lowest median salaries among popular cities ($38K). Nearby Dallas and Conroe also rank high on the list of cities for SHSU grads.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of around $85K per year, former Bearkats who have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. Those with a B.A. in Mass Communication face salaries on the lower end, coming in close to $30K per year.


Former Bearkats with Financial Analysis experience garner salaries that are 23 percent more than other grads' salaries. SHSU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with nearly one in six grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Competency in Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Project Management also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. Health coverage is awarded to a strong majority of alums, and dental insurance is issued to a majority of alums as well. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a strong majority of former students contribute to a 401(k). Sam Houston State University graduates also take advantage of a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Nebraska at Omaha pick up average paychecks of approximately $52K, which is closest to the amount made by SHSU grads among similar schools. Lamar University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and The University of West Florida are also similar to SHSU.

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 %
$33,030 - $64,413
$36,869 - $79,463
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 191 votes.
$36,664 - $74,560
$35,234 - $84,285
$37,500 - $71,875
$25,580 - $50,868
$31,094 - $77,633

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