The education industry, the health care industry, and the manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which CSUN grads find work. The aerospace and defense industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. CSUN graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $60K.
Directors of Operations win the contest for best-paid CSUN alumni, making about $76K on average every year, though Accounting Managers ($74K), and Mechanical Engineers ($70K) are not far behind. Office Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $44K.
Many CSUN grads end up living in Los Angeles, Calif., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. With a median salary of $72K, Thousand Oaks, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among CSUN grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among CSUN grads is Santa Monica, Calif. (median compensation is around $59K). Nearby Woodland Hills, Calif. and Burbank, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities for CSUN grads.
Among the highest-paid CSUN alumni are those with a Master of Public Health (MPH) — they earn close to $98K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Communication — their annual income amounts to $48K on average.
Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among CSUN alumni, with around a sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. Former Matadors who have experience with Budget Management can expect to make 34 percent more than other alumni (around $80K on average). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. A large number of grads participate in a 401(k) program. A large number of respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of alumni receive dental plans, too. California State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
California State University grads bring in salaries of around approximately $60K, making them the most similar to CSUN alumni in terms of earnings. California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, California State University-Dominguez Hills, and California State University-Fullerton are also similar to CSUN.