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Average Salary for Sonoma State University Alumni

Sonoma State University, a university based in Rohnert Park, Calif., that is ranked in the top 24 percent of universities by ROI, gives students and parents great value for their tuition dollar. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Sonoma State University Details


1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609

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Graduation Rate:

55 %


6 %

% Stay In State:

89 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

29 %
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SSU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the retail industry, the education industry, and the manufacturing industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the winery industry. The average salary for a grad from SSU is $58K.


Male graduates of SSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of around $72K versus $60K for women.


Among SSU alumni, those working as Financial Analysis Managers report the highest median pay of approximately $104K, followed by Marketing Communications Managers (about $87K), and Human Resources Managers ($70K). Outside Sales Representatives wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $40K.


The most popular destination for former SSU students is Santa Rosa. SSU grads also flock to San Diego, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is $87K). On the other end, SSU grads flock to San Rafael, which actually offers the weakest median salaries of $48K. Graduates of SSU also relocate to San Francisco, which is not far away, and Petaluma.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid SSU alumni are those with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — they earn close to $111K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Liberal Arts tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making about $35K per year.


Nearly one in seven grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Seawolves — they earn 55 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

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 three grads for sick time. A fair portion of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of grads receive dental plans, too. Most graduates set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Sonoma State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

California State University graduates, who earn around $59K on average, make a similar amount to 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
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SAT Scores* 900 1120
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats



64 %

female alumni


36 %

male alumni
$35,975 - $83,063
$38,788 - $95,039

Years of Experience

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