Around 18,000 undergrads attend Montclair State University, a school in Montclair, N.J.. The school sits in the top 26 percent of universities by return on investment. The figures in this rundown were provided by Montclair State alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

7.2 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

42 %

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Montclair State University Median Salary by Job



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  • Updated: 20 Jul 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,515
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About This School

1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043-1624


Research University, State School

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Former Montclair State students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the financial services industry, the health care services industry, and the insurance and financial services industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Median pay for those who graduated from Montclair State amounts to about $59K.


Among Montclair State alumni, those working as Financial Analysts report the highest median pay of $68K, followed by Account Managers ($58K), and Elementary School Teachers (approximately $53K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Administrative Assistants who make an average of $32K.


Home to a large number of Montclair State alums, New York, N.Y. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. In addition, former Montclair State students often head to Newark, N.J. after graduating, where the median salary comes to around $70K in this top-paying city. Though Parsippany, N.J. takes the cake for lowest pay among Montclair State grads (the median salary is $53K there), it remains a common destination for former students. In addition, Montclair State grads flock to neighboring Paramus, N.J. as well as Jersey City, N.J.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting earns Montclair State students the most money after college (an average about $110K per year). A Bachelor of Science in Biology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $43K.


Microsoft Excel is a common skill among Montclair State alumni — approximately one in six grads mention using it at work. Former Red Hawks who have experience with Operations Management can expect to make 29 percent more than other alumni ($75K on average). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A fair number of former students set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health benefits extend to a strong majority of graduates, and the larger part of respondents also receive dental coverage. Additional benefits handed to Montclair State University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, William Paterson University of New Jersey grads (who make an average of approximately $61K) earn salaries most similar to Montclair State alumni. Other schools similar to Montclair State include CUNY City College, CUNY Lehman College, and CUNY Hunter College.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1310 1590
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Key Stats for Montclair State University


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