Stony Brook University Alumni Average Salary

Combining good value and great education, Stony Brook University is ranked in the top 16 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Stony Brook, N.Y. Athletics form the core of Stony Brook University social activity, but these students are also known for their studious nature and excellent test scores. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Software Engineer
52 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
21 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
19 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
19 salaries
Software Developer
17 salaries
Electrical Engineer
14 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
14 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,231
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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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Graduates of SBU go into the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, the plastic surgery industry, and the medical research industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Graduates of SBU earn $69K on average.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $56K per year compared to men, who earn approximately $76K.


SBU grads who become Research Scientists garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $100K annually. However, Software Developers also rank as top-earners (bringing in about $75K). Sliding in near the bottom are Software Engineers, who report earnings of around $75K.


New York, N.Y. is a hub for SBU graduates — a large number call this city home. Princeton, N.J. is also a common destination for SBU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $100K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among SBU grads is Smithtown, N.Y. (median compensation is around $59K). In addition, SBU grads flock to neighboring Melville, N.Y. as well as Hauppauge, N.Y.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics earns SBU students the most money after college (an average $156K per year). A B.A. in Business & Marketing offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $43K).


Knowledge of Program Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 20 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($82K). Close to one-seventh of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Customer Service, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one-third of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a fair number of alumni are rewarded with health insurance and a majority of the survey participants report dental coverage, too. A fair number of respondents take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Additional perks enjoyed by Stony Brook University grads include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and 403(b).

Related Schools

Alumni of CUNY Graduate School and University Center pick up average paychecks of $68K, which is closest to the amount made by SBU grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to SBU include Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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