Average Salary for San Francisco State University (SFSU) Alumni

Around 26,000 undergrads attend San Francisco State University, a school in San Francisco, Calif.. The school sits in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment. This report is based on the answers of SF State graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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

San Francisco State University (SFSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Executive Assistant
15 salaries
Office Manager
12 salaries
Operations Manager
7 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Director
6 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
6 salaries
Accounting Manager
5 salaries
Financial Advisor
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 596

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About This School

1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132


State School

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8 %

91 %

47 %

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SF State alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the education industry, the health care industry, and the retail industry. The financial services industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. SF State graduates see an average starting salary of about $60K.


Former SF State students with an interest in making money consider becoming Human Resources Directors, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $118K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Human Resources Managers ($84K) and Software Engineers ($80K). Administrative Assistants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $37K.


San Francisco is a popular place for SF State students to settle after graduation, and just over two-fifths of grads find steadfast employment in the city. Pleasanton, Calif. is another hot spot for SF State grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to approximately $101K). On the other hand, SF State alumni who end up in Los Angeles, Calif. receive the lowest median salary of around $56K. Nearby Oakland, Calif. is also a top pick for SF State grads, as is San Jose, Calif.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $104K per year, former Gators who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business & Marketing are the best paid among the alumni population. Graduates holding a B.A. in Fine Arts fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $40K.


Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 20 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $72K). Around one in seven SF State grads wind up using Microsoft Excel at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. Most alums participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health benefits extend to a large number of graduates, and a fair number of former students also receive dental coverage. San Francisco State University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, California State University grads (who make an average of approximately $59K) earn salaries most similar to SF State alumni. Other schools similar to SF State include California State University-East Bay, San Jose State University, and Sonoma State University.

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 %
$38,528 - $83,645
$39,295 - $96,937
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 181 votes.
$86,400 - $142,657
$52,500 - $95,000
$39,976 - $90,917
$38,000 - $79,806
$36,065 - $124,904
$32,205 - $70,096
$49,319 - $95,000

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