San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni Average Salary

San Jose State University is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in San Jose, Calif., the school 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. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

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Software Engineer
102 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
41 salaries
Financial Analyst
29 salaries
Project Engineer
27 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
24 salaries
Executive Assistant
21 salaries
Electrical Engineer
20 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,455

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1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192-0001


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Graduates of SJSU go into the retail industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the medical device manufacturing industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular professional field seems to be IT services. Starting salaries of $75K are the median among SJSU grads.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $88K per year compared to females' $72K.


The SJSU alumni who make the most are Software Engineers; they report a median pay of about $105K. Directors of Operations and Electrical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — around $104K and approximately $103K, respectively. Executive Assistants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $36K in this job.


SJSU alumni seem to appreciate living in San Jose, and close to a third of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. It is also not uncommon to find former SJSU students living and working in Palo Alto, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $120K. SJSU alumni in San Francisco, Calif. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at about $76K. Graduates of SJSU also relocate to Santa Clara, Calif., which is not far away, and Mountain View, Calif.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid SJSU alumni are those with a Bachelor's Degree, Computer Science (CS) — they earn close to $125K on average per year. A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($51K).


Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 53 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($114K). SJSU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and approximately one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Experience with Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Microsoft Word is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A fair number of former students report contributing to a 401(k). A strong majority of respondents have medical plans, and a strong majority of graduates have dental insurance. San Jose State University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $68K for California Polytechnic 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.

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