Average Salary for San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

San Jose State University is a school located in San Jose, Calif. with around 26,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Spartans!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. This report is based on the answers of SJSU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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.
Software Engineer
38 salaries
Office Manager
14 salaries
Senior Accountant
12 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
12 salaries
Administrative Assistant
10 salaries
Marketing Manager
9 salaries
Design Engineer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 989
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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, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the software services industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the software development industry. The average salary for a grad from SJSU is $73K.


In the SJSU alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay ($121K), though Software Engineers (about $96K), and Senior Accountants (approximately $82K) are close competitors. Salaries are anything but generous for Office Managers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $52K.


Upon earning their degrees, many SJSU grads prefer to remain in San Jose; in fact, more than a third of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. Another city that attracts a wealth of SJSU grads is Sunnyvale, Calif.; given its high compensation ($92K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other hand, SJSU alumni who end up in Fremont, Calif. receive the lowest median salary of around $71K. SJSU alumni express interest in nearby San Francisco, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration from SJSU can rake in a whopping average $115K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Average annual salaries for those with a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Library & Information Science are the lowest of the pack, earning approximately $46K.


One-seventh of grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Spartans with Java experience garner salaries that are 41 percent more than other grads' salaries. Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. A large number of graduates set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health benefits extend to most survey participants, and a fair number of graduates also receive dental coverage. Additional benefits handed to San Jose State University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

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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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for San Jose State University (SJSU)


47 %
53 %
$40,433 - $90,071
$46,395 - $108,023
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 246 votes.
$72,890 - $107,929
$99,159 - $181,403
$90,000 - $155,000
$105,047 - $152,000
$98,453 - $120,133
$44,448 - $103,841
$44,901 - $107,025
$49,904 - $121,149
$48,973 - $100,068
$40,871 - $90,956

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