Average Salary for San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

Around 26,000 undergrads attend San Jose State University, a school in San Jose, Calif.. The school sits in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Spartans!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. This report is based on the answers of SJSU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
40 salaries
Senior Accountant
15 salaries
Office Manager
15 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
13 salaries
Administrative Assistant
10 salaries
Account Manager
9 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,103

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About This School

1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192-0001


State School, For Sports Fans

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SJSU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the manufacturing industry, the software services industry, and the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry. The most popular field is the software development industry. Those with an education from SJSU earn an average of $72K.


Former SJSU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $118K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers ($96K) and Mechanical Engineers ($81K). On the lower end, Office Managers report making around $52K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many SJSU alumni (over a third of) end up finding permanent jobs in San Jose. SJSU grads also flock to Sunnyvale, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is approximately $92K). SJSU alumni in Fremont, Calif. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at about $73K. Close-by San Francisco, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif. are also desirable cities among SJSU alumni.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration will compensate SJSU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $113K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Library & Information Science — their annual income amounts to $46K on average.


Java commands a pay premium of 40 percent for former Spartans. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SJSU alumni, with close to one-seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of alums, and most alumni report health coverage. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of grads contribute to a 401(k). Alumni of San Jose State University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

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

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)


47 %
53 %
$40,545 - $89,351
$46,074 - $107,713
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 309 votes.
$67,409 - $106,823
$99,159 - $181,403
$104,993 - $157,721
$98,453 - $120,133
$90,000 - $155,000
$44,985 - $103,455
$45,083 - $110,157
$50,331 - $122,073
$47,928 - $95,691
$44,219 - $90,956

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