San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni Average Salary

Attending San Jose State University, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in San Jose, Calif., and it is ranked in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Spartans!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. The figures in this rundown were provided by SJSU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
34 salaries
Office Manager
9 salaries
Senior Accountant
9 salaries
Administrative Assistant
8 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
8 salaries
Graphic Designer
7 salaries
Electrical Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 760
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1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192-0001


State School, For Sports Fans

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SJSU alumni can most commonly be found in the manufacturing industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the education industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular career sector among alumni is the software development industry. Those with an education from SJSU earn an average of $73K.


The most generous salaries among SJSU alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to $121K, followed by Software Engineers ($96K) and Senior Accountants (about $81K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Staff Accountants who make an average of approximately $51K.


San Jose is a popular place for SJSU students to settle after graduation, and over a third of grads find steadfast employment in the city. It is also not uncommon to find former SJSU students living and working in Sunnyvale, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $92K. On the far end of the pay scale, SJSU alumni often reside in Fremont, Calif., which is home to the lowest pay at around $72K. Nearby San Francisco, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for SJSU grads.

Degree Major

SJSU grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average approximately $115K per year. An Associate's Degree commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $52K.


For former Spartans, proficiency in Java warrants a paycheck that is 41 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SJSU alumni, with around a seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. Health benefits extend to most alumni, and a strong majority of respondents also receive dental coverage. A large number of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. San Jose State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Sonoma State University grads (who make an average of $68K) earn salaries most similar to SJSU alumni. Other schools similar to SJSU include California State University-East Bay, San Francisco State University, and California State University-Stanislaus.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
910 1150
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for San Jose State University (SJSU)


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