Stony Brook University Alumni Average Salary

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 occupy center stage in student life (Go Seawolves!), but academics are extremely important, too. The figures in this rundown were provided by SBU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Software Engineer
38 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
17 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
16 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
15 salaries
Software Developer
14 salaries
Electrical Engineer
13 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,059

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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 most popular career sector among alumni is the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. SBU graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores. Median pay for those who graduated from SBU amounts to approximately $79K.


Female graduates on average earn more than male graduates; the first group banks around $81K per year, but the second group takes home only $66K.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) will compensate SBU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $96K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences — their annual income amounts to $37K on average.


Project Management is a popular skill among SBU alumni, with around one in six grads reporting using it on the job. Former Seawolves with C# Programming Language experience garner salaries that are 20 percent more than other grads' salaries. Experience with Windows Operating System General Use, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. It is no small feat that most respondents are given health coverage, and a fair number of alumni accept dental insurance. A large number of alumni allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Stony Brook University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, 403(b), and free drinks.

Related Schools

Median pay for CUNY Graduate School and University Center grads is $68K, making their salaries most similar to those of SBU grads. Other schools similar to SBU include Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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