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Average Salary for Stony Brook University Alumni

Around 16,000 undergrads attend Stony Brook University, a school in Stony Brook, N.Y.. The school sits in the top 16 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have a dominant presence on campus, but study habits are taken seriously as well, and students report above-average test scores. Replies from former SBU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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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

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
Software Developer
3 salaries
Research Scientist
2 salaries
Production Coordinator, Manufacturing
2 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
2 salaries
Registered Nurse (RN)
2 salaries
Registered Nurse (RN), Emergency Room
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108

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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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SBU alumni can most commonly be found in the financial services industry, clinical care, and the health care industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry. SBU graduates see an average starting salary of $64K.


Among SBU graduates, the biggest earners are Research Scientists, who haul in $100K on average. Next on the list are Associate Professors and Software Developers, bringing in around $85K and $78K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Manufacturing Production Coordinators — they bring in about $44K.


Many SBU grads flock to New York, N.Y. It is also not uncommon to find former SBU students living and working in Princeton, N.J. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of approximately $100K. SBU alumni in Hauppauge, N.Y. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $60K. Other common destinations for SBU grads include close-by Melville, N.Y. and Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid SBU alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (IS) — they earn close to about $141K on average per year. A B.A. in Business & Marketing commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of around $38K.


Former Seawolves who have experience with Product Development can expect to make 43 percent more than other alumni ($91K on average). SBU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Office, with roughly a tenth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though just under half of the respondents get paid time off for vacation, only two-fifths of alumni receive paid sick leave. Dental insurance applies to more than half of survey participants, and a strong majority of respondents report health coverage. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a strong majority of former students contribute to a 401(k). Stony Brook University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and 403(b).

Related Schools

Rutgers University graduates, who earn approximately $63K on average, make a similar amount to 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 1690 2000
ACT Scores 26 30

Key Stats for Stony Brook University


44 %
56 %
$33,975 - $79,700
$47,971 - $98,924
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 29 votes.

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