Average Salary for San Francisco State University (SFSU) Alumni

Ranked in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment, San Francisco State University is a university based in San Francisco, Calif., and it's home to around 26,000 undergraduates. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Typical Early Career Salary

San Francisco State University (SFSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Executive Assistant
14 salaries
Office Manager
11 salaries
Operations Manager
7 salaries
Administrative Assistant
5 salaries
Accounting Manager
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 550
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About This School

1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132


State School

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Graduates of SF State head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the health care industry, the retail industry, and the education industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the financial services industry. Former SF State graduates bring in $59K on average.


SF State grads who become Accounting Managers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average approximately $90K annually. However, Human Resources Managers and Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $87K and about $72K, respectively). Administrative Assistants pick up $37K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


SF State alumni like San Francisco so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with more than two-fifths of grads staying on to find permanent employment. Pleasanton, Calif. is another hot spot for SF State grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $101K). SF State alumni in Los Angeles, Calif. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at around $55K. Nearby Oakland, Calif. and San Jose, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for SF State grads.

Degree Major

A graduate with a B.A. in International Relations from SF State can rake in a whopping average $106K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those with a B.A. in Fine Arts face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $40K per year.


Competency in Financial Reporting translates into above-average pay for former Gators — they earn 18 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SF State alumni, with around one in seven workers reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to most alumni, and a fair number of survey participants sign up for dental plans. A large number of survey participants save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. San Francisco State University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Median pay for California State University grads is $59K, making their salaries most similar to those of SF State grads. California State University-East Bay, San Jose State University, and Sonoma State University are also similar to SF State.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
880 1110
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for San Francisco State University (SFSU)


60 %
40 %
$38,627 - $83,599
$39,650 - $98,806
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 137 votes.
$39,855 - $92,722
$39,149 - $85,277
$32,106 - $69,701
$35,355 - $113,500
$30,410 - $108,012

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