Average Salary for San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

Students looking for a top value school need look no further than San Jose State University, a university based in San Jose, Calif., that is ranked in the top 8 percent of universities by ROI. The data for this snapshot was collected from SJSU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
42 salaries
Senior Accountant
17 salaries
Office Manager
15 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
15 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Account Manager
11 salaries
Administrative Assistant
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,233

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1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192-0001


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Former SJSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the medical device manufacturing industry, the manufacturing industry, and the education industry. The software development industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average salary for a grad from SJSU is $72K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only approximately $69K on average compared to about $83K for male graduates.


The most lucrative professionals among SJSU alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $116K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $94K and $80K are Software Engineers and Senior Accountants. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Office Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of around $52K.


Upon earning their degree, many SJSU grads prefer to remain in San Jose; in fact, nearly one in three grads enjoy the area so much that they find permanent jobs in the city. Mountain View is also a common destination for SJSU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $92K. On the far end of the pay scale, SJSU alumni often reside in Palo Alto, which is home to the lowest pay at $70K. Other popular cities for SJSU alumni include nearby San Francisco and Sunnyvale.


The highest paychecks can be found at Apple Computer, Inc, where some SJSU grads go to work for pay averaging about $114K. Alumni looking to pad their bank accounts should steer clear of San Jose State University (SJSU); the median salary there is $55K, which is considerably lower than the overall median for all SJSU graduates.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) will compensate SJSU grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in $108K per year. Those holding a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Library & Information Science are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $47K per year.


SJSU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with about one in seven grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 36 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($98K). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. It is no small feat that a solid majority of former students are given health coverage, and most survey participants accept dental insurance. A strong majority of alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Other benefits that San Jose State University alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

California Polytechnic State University grads report the most similar salaries to SJSU alums, earning $66K on average. 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)


46 %
54 %
$40,371 - $88,465
$48,138 - $107,455
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 513 votes.
$66,946 - $127,743
$45,615 - $100,000
$85,569 - $140,396
$46,813 - $151,020
$104,993 - $157,721
$45,030 - $102,948
$45,988 - $105,456
$51,105 - $119,233
$47,746 - $97,045
$39,496 - $85,501

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