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. The figures in this overview come from the responses of SSU grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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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. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Human Resources (HR) Manager
4 salaries
Marketing Communications Manager
3 salaries
Staff Accountant
3 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
3 salaries
Financial Analysis Manager
3 salaries
Account Manager
3 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Director
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145

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About This School

1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609



State School

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7 %

88 %

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Graduates of SSU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the education industry, the financial services industry, and the winery industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the retail industry. SSU graduates see an average starting salary of $61K.


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


The most popular destination for former SSU students is Santa Rosa, Calif. San Diego, Calif. is another hot spot for SSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to about $87K). Home to the lowest median salary for SSU alumni is Healdsburg, Calif., a popular place for former students despite its around $51K average paycheck. Other cities of interest among SSU alumni include nearby San Francisco, Calif. and Petaluma, Calif.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from SSU can rake in a whopping average $113K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A B.A. in Liberal Arts is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $35K.


Former Seawolves who have experience with Financial Analysis can expect to make 43 percent more than other alumni (around $87K on average). Many SSU grads have knowledge of Microsoft Excel, with nearly one-seventh of alumni using this program on the clock. Other top skills include Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

A little less than half of the alumni do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. For this school, a strong majority of former students are the recipients of health benefits, and more than half of alums pick up dental plans, too. A strong majority of survey participants opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Sonoma State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of California State University pick up average paychecks of $61K, which is closest to the amount made by SSU grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to SSU include California State University-Sacramento, San Francisco State University, and California State University-East Bay.

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


61 %
39 %
$36,901 - $86,837
$37,330 - $96,710
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
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