SHSU alumni can most commonly be found in the education industry, public K-12 education, and the construction industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular field is the oil and gas field services industry. Those with a degree from SHSU make an average of approximately $53K.
After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $52K per year compared to men, who earn around $63K.
Former SHSU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Construction Project Managers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to about $82K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Developers ($62K) and Human Resources Managers ($58K). Office Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $45K.
Houston, Texas is a hub for SHSU graduates — a large number call this city home. SHSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Dallas, Texas, which offers a median salary of $64K. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Huntsville at around $35K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Sam Houston State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Close-by The Woodlands, Texas and Austin, Texas are also desirable cities among SHSU alumni.
A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting leads to the highest pay for SHSU grads (about $91K on average per year). Graduates holding an Associate of Arts (AA) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $47K.
For former Bearkats, proficiency in Financial Analysis warrants a paycheck that is 26 percent more than other alumni salaries. SHSU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and slightly less than a fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Project Management are also considered highly skilled.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky minority (about one-third of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fifth of alumni get sick time. Most alumni save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most graduates are rewarded with health insurance and more than half of survey participants report dental coverage, too. Additional benefits handed to Sam Houston State University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Compensation averages $54K for University of West Florida alumni, making their earnings most comparable to SHSU grads. Other schools similar to SHSU include Lamar University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.