Average Salary for Sam Houston State University Alumni

Sam Houston State University, a school in Huntsville, Texas, has roughly 16,000 undergrads. Though this small-town school draws in quite a few sports fans, the majority of students find work in neighboring cities like Houston, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and The Woodlands, Texas after graduating. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

Sam Houston State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Operations Manager
7 salaries
Office Manager
6 salaries
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Elementary School Teacher
3 salaries
Financial Analyst
3 salaries
Construction Superintendent
3 salaries
Account Manager
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335

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About This School

1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the oil and gas exploration industry, public K-12 education, and the education industry are popular business areas among SHSU alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the oil and gas field services industry. Those with a degree from SHSU make an average of $54K.


Male graduates of SHSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of approximately $62K versus $48K for women.


The SHSU alumni who make the most are Senior Financial Analysts; they report a median pay of $74K. Operations Managers and Executive Directors draw in a fair amount as well — $72K and around $62K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Elementary School Teachers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at about $36K.


A large number of students head to Houston, Texas after college. The top-paying city popular with SHSU alumni is San Antonio, Texas, which offers a median salary of $70K. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Huntsville at $31K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Sam Houston State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Graduates of SHSU also relocate to Dallas, Texas, which is not far away, and The Woodlands, Texas.

Degree Major

SHSU students with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice can expect to make the most money ($123K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Public Relations (PR) are the lowest of the pack, earning approximately $32K.


For former Bearkats, proficiency in Financial Analysis warrants a paycheck that is 25 percent more than other alumni salaries. Around a sixth of grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. A large number of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of respondents are rewarded with health insurance and the larger part of graduates report dental coverage, too. Additional perks enjoyed by Sam Houston State University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of West Florida pick up average paychecks of $55K, which is closest to the amount made by SHSU grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to SHSU include Lamar University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

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


51 %
49 %
$31,362 - $63,809
$36,862 - $78,603
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 115 votes.
$37,490 - $74,306
$34,597 - $66,900
$44,698 - $73,119
$23,477 - $45,500
$30,826 - $77,419

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