Average Salary for Stony Brook University Alumni

Combining good value and great education, Stony Brook University, a public research university based in Stony Brook, N.Y., is ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by ROI. In addition to being a sports-centric university, Stony Brook University boasts above-average test scores, and math is the most common degree earned by alumni of this school. The data for this snapshot was collected from SBU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

Stony Brook 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.
Associate Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
4 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
3 salaries
Software Developer
3 salaries
Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
2 salaries
Registered Nurse (RN), Emergency Room
2 salaries
Research Scientist
2 salaries
Software Engineer
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Feb 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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About This School

310 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794

Stonybrook University


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

66 %

26 %

74 %

34 %

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Graduates of SBU work in a variety of sectors including the education industry, the health care industry, and the banking industry. A large chunk of former SBU students are employed in the financial services industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. The average starting salary for a graduate of SBU is about $65K.


In the SBU alumni professional community, Physician Assistants and Senior Software Development Engineers make the highest median pay ($105K). Close runners up are Associate Professors ($85K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Mechanical Engineers, making an average of $46K.


Many SBU students are New York-bound following college. In addition, former SBU students often head to Melville after graduating, where typical salaries come to $86K in this top-paying city. Relative to other popular cities, Stony Brook ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is around $32K); however, Stony Brook University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Graduates of SBU also relocate to Hauppauge, which is not far away, and Smithtown.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of approximately $147K per year, former Seawolves who have a medical degree are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in Business & Marketing is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $38K.


SBU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with about an eighth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for former Seawolves — they earn 85 percent more than their fellow graduates. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only half of the alumni are paid for vacation and just two-fifths of alumni for sick time. For this school, most respondents are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of former students pick up dental plans, too. Most grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Stony Brook University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and 403(b).

Related Schools

Schools similar to SBU include CUNY Graduate School and University Center, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and the University of Connecticut.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Stony Brook University


40 %
60 %
$35,159 - $85,476
$42,048 - $96,765
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 51 votes.
$40,484 - $79,976
$52,658 - $77,900
$70,450 - $101,900

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