Stony Brook University Alumni Average Salary

Ranked in the top 16 percent of universities by return on investment, Stony Brook University is a university based in Stony Brook, N.Y., and it's home to around 16,000 undergraduates. Athletics form the core of Stony Brook University social activity, but these students are also known for their studious nature and excellent test scores. The figures in this overview come from the responses of SBU grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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About This School

310 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794

Stonybrook University


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The education industry, the health care industry, and the plastic surgery industry are just a few of the areas in which SBU grads find work. The most popular field is the financial services industry. Those with a degree from SBU make an average of around $65K.


In the SBU alumni professional community, Professors make the highest median pay (about $110K), though Research Scientists ($100K), and Associate Professors (approximately $95K) are close competitors. Sliding in near the bottom are Manufacturing Production Coordinators, who report earnings of $44K.


A large number of students head to New York, N.Y. after college. With a median salary of $100K, Princeton, N.J. represents the highest-paid city popular among SBU grads. On the other end, SBU grads flock to Uniondale, N.Y., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $54K. Nearby Hauppauge, N.Y. is also a top pick for SBU grads, as is Melville, N.Y.

Degree Major

Former Seawolves who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and earn a median salary of about $156K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Business & Marketing tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $38K per year.


Former Seawolves with Product Development experience garner salaries that are 86 percent more than other grads' salaries. Microsoft Office is a popular skill among SBU alumni, with nearly one in ten workers reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely two-fifths of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. A large number of former students receive health insurance, and the larger part of survey participants get dental coverage. Stony Brook University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and relocation expenses.

Related Schools

University of Delaware graduates, who earn approximately $65K on average, make a similar amount to SBU grads. Other schools similar to SBU include CUNY Graduate School and University Center, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and the University of Connecticut.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1690 2000
ACT Scores 26 30

Key Stats for Stony Brook University


42 %
58 %
$33,276 - $71,953
$48,645 - $101,998
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 17 votes.

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