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Average Salary for Stony Brook University Alumni

Attending Stony Brook University, a public research university based in Stony Brook, N.Y., can pay off for students in the long run, with a ranking in the top 9 percent of universities by ROI. A true blend of brains and brawn, Stony Brook University students take coursework seriously though campus life revolves around sports. Students have a knack for math, and it is one of the most popular majors. The data in this summary come from SBU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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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

Stony Brook University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Associate Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
4 salaries
Electrical Engineer
3 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
3 salaries
Software Developer
3 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
3 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
2 salaries
Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 147
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Stony Brook University Details

310 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794

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Professionally, the health care industry, the financial services industry, and clinical care are popular business areas among SBU alumni. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. SBU graduates see an estimated starting salary of $64K.


The biggest paychecks among SBU alumni are earned by Senior Software Development Engineers — these former students make $105K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Associate Professors (approximately $85K) and Software Developers (about $78K). On the lower end, Executive Assistants report making $41K.


Those with a degree from SBU often relocate to New York after college. It is no surprise that Smithtown, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $109K), is another of the most popular spots for former SBU students. Many former Seawolves consider Stony Brook a second home, and it is typical to find a large population of former students living in the area despite its lower-than-average median pay (around $45K). Close-by Melville and Hauppauge are also desirable cities among SBU alumni.

Degree Major

SBU students with a medical degree can expect to make the most money ($147K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. 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.


Competency in SQL translates into above-average pay for former Seawolves — they earn 27 percent more than their fellow graduates. SBU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Office, with about an eighth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. In addition, those who are savvy in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service are also considered highly skilled.

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. It is no small feat that most alums are given health coverage, and a majority of former students accept dental insurance. Most respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Other benefits that Stony Brook University alumni receive are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and 403(b).

Related Schools

Median pay for Rutgers University grads is $63K, making their salaries most similar to those of SBU grads. CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are also similar to SBU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1660 1980
ACT Scores 25 29

Key Stats

39 %
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$37,222 - $83,833
$41,475 - $94,693
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
$40,707 - $79,387
$59,842 - $95,429
$51,337 - $60,397

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