Graduates of Chico State go into the medical device manufacturing industry, the construction industry, and the public housing program industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former Chico State students are employed in IT services; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Chico State graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $65K.
After graduation, women go on to earn an average of about $59K per year compared to men, who earn around $79K.
Upon earning their degrees, many Chico State grads prefer to remain in Chico; in fact, one in eight grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. Chico State grads also flock to Sacramento, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $119K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Chico State alumni is San Francisco, Calif., where earnings average $50K. Other common destinations for Chico State grads include close-by San Diego, Calif. and Roseville, Calif.
A Master of Business Administration (MBA) earns Chico State students the most money after college (an average $115K per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Geology tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $50K per year.
Project Management is a popular skill among Chico State alumni, with slightly less than a fourth of grads reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Construction Estimating seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 50 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($98K). Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Benefits and Perks
Compensation for vacation days and sick leave is extended to just under half of the graduates. It is no small feat that most alums are given health coverage, and a large number of alumni accept dental insurance. Most alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. California State University alumni are also on the receiving end of a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.
Median pay for California Polytechnic State University grads is $68K, making their salaries most similar to those of Chico State grads. Other schools similar to Chico State include California State University-Sacramento, Sonoma State University, and San Francisco State University.