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Average Salary for Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) Alumni

Stephen F Austin State University is a university based in Nacogdoches, Texas that is home to around 11,000 undergraduates. The school attracts plenty of sports fans (Go Lumberjacks!) to its rural campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Houston, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and Nacogdoches, Texas. The data for this synopsis comes from former SFA students 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

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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High School Teacher
5 salaries
Retail Store Manager
5 salaries
General / Operations Manager
4 salaries
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
3 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
3 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
3 salaries
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 233

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About This School

2008 Alumin Drive, Rusk 206
Nacogdoches, TX 75961

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State School, For Sports Fans

43 %

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46 %

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SFA alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the oil and gas exploration industry, the health care industry, and the general medical and surgical hospital industry. Among SFA grads, public K-12 education is a commonly chosen career field. Starting salaries of approximately $52K are the median among SFA grads.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only about $50K on average compared to $64K for male graduates.


The SFA alumni who make the most are Information Technology Directors; they report a median pay of $133K. Speech-Language Pathologists and Accounting Managers draw in a fair amount as well — around $70K. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Retail Store Managers — they bring in $36K.


Houston, Texas is filled with SFA grads. SFA grads also flock to Fort Worth, Texas, which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $92K). Many former Lumberjacks can't resist staying in Nacogdoches after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($43K). Nearby Dallas, Texas and Lufkin, Texas also rank high on the list of cities for SFA grads.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for SFA grads with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry (average earnings climb to approximately $133K per year). Those with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $35K per year.


Nearly one in eight SFA grads wind up using Microsoft Excel at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Lumberjacks with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 55 percent more than other grads' salaries. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. A strong majority of graduates report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a fair number of alums, and a majority of respondents sign up for dental plans. Additional benefits handed to Stephen F Austin State University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Tarleton State University pick up average paychecks of around $52K, which is closest to the amount made by SFA grads among similar schools. Northwestern State University of Louisiana, the University of Texas at Tyler, and the University of Louisiana-Monroe are also similar to SFA.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1310 1610
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA)


58 %
42 %
$30,083 - $64,555
$36,337 - $92,975
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 78 votes.
Nacogdoches County
$37,115 - $85,326
$34,258 - $84,966
$28,597 - $51,236
$28,938 - $61,042
$19,631 - $73,812

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