San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni Average Salary

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than San Jose State University. It is a university based in San Jose, Calif. that is ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Spartans!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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College ROI Report

66th

20 Year Net ROI 

$597,000

Annual ROI 

10.5%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$96,600

Compare to Other Schools

College Salary Report

31st

Early Career Salary 

$76,000

Mid-Career Salary 

$153,000

% High Meaning 

32 %

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San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
101 salaries
$101,178  
   
Mechanical Engineer
38 salaries
$72,493  
Project Engineer
28 salaries
$67,563  
Financial Analyst
28 salaries
$65,436  
Executive Assistant
27 salaries
$59,274  
Senior Software Engineer
23 salaries
$120,221  
Software Developer
20 salaries
$89,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Dec 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,601
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About This School

1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192-0001

25,862

State School, For Sports Fans

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Industry

Graduates of SJSU work in a variety of sectors including the software development industry, the retail industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The most popular field is IT services. Those with a degree from SJSU make an average of $75K.

Jobs

The most generous salaries among SJSU alumni are reportedly earned by Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to $105K, followed by Directors of Operations (about $104K) and Electrical Engineers (approximately $103K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Executive Assistants; alumni in this role face average salaries of $46K.

Locations

San Jose is a popular place for SJSU students to settle after graduation, and roughly one in three grads find steadfast employment in the city. SJSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Palo Alto, Calif., which offers a median salary of around $120K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with SJSU alumni is San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of $75K. Graduates of SJSU also relocate to Santa Clara, Calif., which is not far away, and Mountain View, Calif.

Degree Major

A Bachelor's Degree, Computer Science (CS) earns SJSU students the most money after college (an average $125K per year). Those with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $51K per year.

Skills

Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SJSU alumni, with approximately one in seven workers reporting using it on the job. For former Spartans, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 40 percent more than other alumni salaries. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Office Administration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in five survey participants get paid sick time. A fair number of grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health insurance benefits extend to a strong majority of alumni, and a fair number of respondents sign up for dental plans. Alumni of San Jose State University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $68K for California Polytechnic State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to SJSU grads. California State University-East Bay, San Francisco State University, and California State University-Stanislaus are also similar to SJSU.

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Key Stats for San Jose State University (SJSU)

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %
Salary
$39,688 - $95,054
Salary
$45,781 - $112,350
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
$39,453 - $123,243
$40,547 - $91,563
$71,732 - $92,784
$71,945 - $88,511

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