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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College ROI Report

66th

20 Year Net ROI 

$597,000

Annual ROI 

10.5%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$96,600

Compare to Other Schools

College Salary Report

31st

Early Career Salary 

$76,000

Mid-Career Salary 

$153,000

% High Meaning 

32 %

Compare to Other Graduate Schools

San Jose State University (SJSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
102 salaries
$100,765  
   
Mechanical Engineer
41 salaries
$73,092  
Financial Analyst
29 salaries
$66,813  
Project Engineer
27 salaries
$69,622  
Senior Software Engineer
24 salaries
$122,927  
Executive Assistant
21 salaries
$61,621  
Electrical Engineer
20 salaries
$77,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,455

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About This School

1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192-0001

25,862

State School, For Sports Fans

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Industry

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.

Gender

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

Jobs

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.

Locations

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).

Skills

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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Key Stats for San Jose State University (SJSU)

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %
Salary
$39,479 - $93,179
Salary
$52,191 - $116,396

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%
$40,406 - $124,961
$40,547 - $91,563
$71,732 - $92,784
$67,750 - $91,675
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