Average Salary for Sonoma State University Alumni

Around 8,000 undergrads attend Sonoma State University, a school in Rohnert Park, Calif.. The school sits in the top 26 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Sonoma State University 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.
Human Resources (HR) Manager
4 salaries
Account Manager
3 salaries
Outside Sales Representative
3 salaries
Financial Analysis Manager
3 salaries
Marketing Communications Manager
3 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
3 salaries
Staff Accountant
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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About This School

1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609



State School

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SSU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the financial services industry, the winery industry, and the education industry. A large chunk of former SSU students are employed in the retail industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Starting salaries of around $61K are the median among SSU grads.


In the SSU alumni professional community, Financial Analysis Managers make the highest median pay ($104K), though Marketing Communications Managers and Senior Financial Analysts (both at approximately $88K) are close competitors. Sliding in near the bottom are Outside Sales Representatives, who report earnings of about $40K.


A large number of students head to Santa Rosa, Calif. after college. It is also not uncommon to find former SSU students living and working in San Diego, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $87K. On the other hand, SSU alumni who end up in Healdsburg, Calif. receive the lowest median salary of $51K. Nearby San Francisco, Calif. and Petaluma, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for SSU grads.

Degree Major

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will compensate SSU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $115K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Liberal Arts ($35K on average annually).


Former Seawolves who have experience with Financial Analysis can expect to make 45 percent more than other alumni (about $89K on average). Many former SSU students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and one-sixth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. In addition, those who are savvy in Project Management, Financial Analysis, and Microsoft Office are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; nearly half of the respondents get vacation time, whereas just one in three grads get paid sick leave. A large number of survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Most survey participants have medical plans, and a fair number of alumni have dental insurance. Sonoma State University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for California State University grads is around $61K, making their salaries most similar to those of SSU grads. California State University-Sacramento, San Francisco State University, and California State University-East Bay are also similar to SSU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
900 1110
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for Sonoma State University


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$36,809 - $86,626
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1-4 years
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