Average Salary for San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

Ranked in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment, San Jose State University is a university based in San Jose, Calif., and it's home to around 26,000 undergraduates. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Spartans!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

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Software Engineer
37 salaries
Office Manager
13 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
11 salaries
Senior Accountant
10 salaries
Administrative Assistant
9 salaries
Marketing Manager
8 salaries
Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software)
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 887
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1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192-0001


State School, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the manufacturing industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and IT services are popular business areas among SJSU alumni. The most popular field is the software development industry. Following graduation, SJSU students earn an average of $73K.


Among SJSU graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Software Engineers, who haul in about $121K on average. Next on the list are Software Engineers and Senior Accountants, bringing in around $96K and $81K, respectively. On the lower end, Office Managers report making $50K.


SJSU alumni seem to appreciate living in San Jose, and over a third of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. SJSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Mountain View, Calif., which offers a median salary of 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 $72K. Graduates of SJSU also relocate to San Francisco, Calif., which is not far away, and Sunnyvale, Calif.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for SJSU grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration (average earnings climb to approximately $115K per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Library & Information Science tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $50K per year.


Former Spartans with Java experience garner salaries that are 41 percent more than other grads' salaries. SJSU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and roughly one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of alums participate in a 401(k) program. Most survey participants have medical plans, and a strong majority of alumni have dental insurance. 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

Median pay for Sonoma State University grads is around $68K, making their salaries most similar to those of 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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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)


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$40,314 - $90,188
$47,496 - $108,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 237 votes.
$72,890 - $107,929
$99,159 - $181,403
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$49,753 - $121,442
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$40,590 - $91,918

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