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Average Salary for San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

Combining good value and great education, San Jose State University, a university based in San Jose, Calif., is ranked in the top 8 percent of universities by ROI. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Spartans!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the SJSU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
58 salaries
Senior Accountant
22 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
18 salaries
Office Manager
17 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
17 salaries
Sales Operations Analyst
12 salaries
Network Engineer
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,590
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San Jose State University (SJSU) Details

1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192-0001


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Professionally, the medical device manufacturing industry, the manufacturing industry, and the software services industry are popular business areas among SJSU alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the software development industry. SJSU graduates see an estimated starting salary of about $72K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $69K where the average male graduate hauls home $83K.


The most generous salaries among SJSU alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose earnings come to $115K, followed by Software Engineers ($93K) and Network Engineers (approximately $79K). Sliding in near the bottom are Staff Accountants, who report earnings of around $51K.


San Jose is a popular place for SJSU students to settle after graduation, and approximately one-third of grads find steadfast employment in the city. The top-paying city popular with SJSU alumni is Mountain View, which offers median salaries of $92K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among SJSU grads is Palo Alto (median compensation is approximately $71K). Graduates of SJSU also relocate to San Francisco, which is not far away, and Sunnyvale.


For above-average pay, former SJSU students find their way to Apple Computer, Inc — the company offers unbeatable salaries at about $114K. Alumni looking to pad their bank accounts should steer clear of San Jose State University (SJSU); the median salary there is around $52K, which is considerably lower than the overall median for all SJSU graduates.

Degree Major

Former Spartans who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS), Computer Engineering (CE) and earn $108K per year. A Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Library & Information Science is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $47K.


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SJSU alumni, with one-seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. For former Spartans, proficiency in Java warrants a paycheck that is 33 percent more than other alumni salaries. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in three grads receive sick leave. A solid majority of respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most respondents receive dental plans, too. The greater part of alums participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. San Jose State University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

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

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
890 1120
ACT Scores 18 24

Key Stats

46 %
54 %
$40,072 - $88,324
$48,015 - $107,396
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 561 votes.
$60,820 - $124,800
$45,615 - $100,000
$85,569 - $140,396
$46,813 - $151,020
$104,993 - $157,721
$45,116 - $102,546
$45,887 - $104,316
$51,415 - $120,928
$48,209 - $100,307
$39,888 - $86,749

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