Sonoma State University Alumni Average Salary

Sonoma State University is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Rohnert Park, Calif., the school is ranked in the top 26 percent of universities by return on investment. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Operations Manager
3 salaries
Senior Accountant
2 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
2 salaries
Staff Accountant
2 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Director
2 salaries
Administrative Assistant
2 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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About This School

1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609


State School

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Graduates of SSU work in a variety of sectors including the financial services industry, the winery industry, and the manufacturing industry. The most popular field is the retail industry. Graduates of SSU earn $61K on average.


SSU grads who become Financial Analysis Managers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $104K annually. However, Accounting Managers and Marketing Communications Managers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $90K and approximately $88K, respectively). On the lower end, Outside Sales Representatives report making around $40K.


The most popular destination for former SSU students is Santa Rosa, Calif. With a median salary of $87K, San Diego, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among SSU grads. Home to the lowest median salary for SSU alumni is Sacramento, Calif., a popular place for former students despite its $55K average paycheck. Nearby San Francisco, Calif. and Petaluma, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for SSU grads.

Degree Major

Former Seawolves who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and earn a median salary of $115K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in English Literature tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $40K per year.


Former Seawolves who have experience with Financial Analysis can expect to make 45 percent more than other alumni (approximately $89K on average). Slightly less than one-fifth of SSU grads wind up using Microsoft Excel at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Project Management, Financial Analysis, and Microsoft Office command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Half of the alumni do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Most grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Most former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while the larger part of graduates receive dental plans, too. Additional benefits handed to Sonoma State University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

California State University grads report the most similar salaries to SSU alums, earning $61K on average. 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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$36,167 - $86,368
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1-4 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
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$35,608 - $79,562
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