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. The figures in this overview come from the responses of SBU grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Stony Brook University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Software Developer
3 salaries
Research Scientist
2 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
2 salaries
Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
2 salaries
Production Coordinator, Manufacturing
2 salaries
Associate Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
2 salaries
Quality Control (QC) Supervisor
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the financial services industry, clinical care, and the banking industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry. Median pay for those who graduated from SBU amounts to approximately $65K.


The most lucrative professionals among SBU alumni are Professors; they earn a median annual salary of $110K. Also near the top of the pay scale at $100K are Research Scientists and Physician Assistants. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Manufacturing Production Coordinators — they bring in around $44K.


New York, N.Y. is a hub for SBU graduates — a large number call this city home. Princeton, N.J. is another hot spot for SBU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to about $100K). On the other end, SBU grads flock to Uniondale, N.Y., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $54K. Other cities of interest among SBU alumni include nearby Melville, N.Y. and Hauppauge, N.Y.

Degree Major

Former Seawolves who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and earn a median salary of $156K per year. Those holding a B.A. in Business & Marketing are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $38K on average per year.


About a tenth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Knowledge of SQL seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 20 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $78K). Experience with Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and two-fifths of alumni, respectively). A large number of alumni allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Most grads have medical plans, and the larger part of graduates have dental insurance. Stony Brook University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and 403(b).

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Delaware pick up average paychecks of approximately $65K, which is closest to the amount made by SBU grads among similar schools. CUNY Graduate School and University Center, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and the University of Connecticut are also similar to SBU.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Stony Brook University


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$34,110 - $95,330
$40,805 - $101,035
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

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