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Average Salary for Sam Houston State University Alumni

Nestled away in Huntsville, Texas, the student population at Sam Houston State University, a public research school, roughly 16,000. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Sam Houston State University Details


1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340


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State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

48 %


6 %

% Stay In State:

91 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

39 %
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Former SHSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including 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. Starting salaries of $53K are common among SHSU grads.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $49K whereas the men's median is about $61K.


Among SHSU alumni, those working as Financial Controllers report the highest median pay of $78K, followed by Construction Project Managers (approximately $75K), and Operations Managers (around $72K). On the lower end, Office Managers report making $40K.


A large number of students head to Houston after college. With a median salary of $68K, San Antonio represents the highest-paid city popular among SHSU grads. Sam Houston State University alumni often stay in Huntsville following graduation despite having one of the lowest median salaries among popular cities ($38K). Other common destinations for SHSU grads include close-by Dallas and Austin.

Degree Major

Former Bearkats who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) and earn $85K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Public Relations (PR) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making $32K per year.


Microsoft Excel is a common skill among SHSU alumni — about a sixth of grads mention using it at work. Former Bearkats with Financial Analysis abilities can expect to make 24 percent more than their former classmates (about $66K). Experience with Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. The greater part of former students participate in a 401(k) program. Health benefits extend to a strong majority of respondents, and a majority of alumni also receive dental coverage. Additional benefits handed to Sam Houston State University alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Georgia Southern University grads report the most similar salaries to SHSU alums, earning approximately $53K on average. Other schools similar to SHSU include Lamar University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and The University of West Florida.

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Test Scores
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SAT Scores* 920 1090
ACT Scores 19 22

Key Stats



52 %

female alumni


48 %

male alumni
$32,929 - $64,654
$36,512 - $78,342

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 204 votes.

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