The financial services industry, the consulting industry, and the manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which SHSU grads find work. The retail industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. SHSU students do not advance into high-paying positions after graduation despite their impressive SAT results. Graduates of SHSU earn $46K on average.
A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $52K on average compared to $66K for male graduates.
The most popular destination for former SHSU students is Conroe, Texas. Another city that attracts a wealth of SHSU grads is Dallas, Texas; given its high compensation ($75K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the far end of the pay scale, SHSU alumni often reside in Houston, Texas, which is home to the lowest pay at about $55K. Other common destinations for SHSU grads include close-by Austin, Texas and Huntsville, Texas.
Among the highest-paid SHSU alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS) — they earn close to around $81K on average per year. Those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $41K per year.
Former Bearkats with People Management experience garner salaries that are 57 percent more than other grads' salaries. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SHSU alumni, with just under one in three grads reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Office, Accounts Receivable, and Intuit QuickBooks are desirable skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
A fair number of grads do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Most former students set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. It is no small feat that most alums are given health coverage, and more than half of alumni accept dental insurance. Sam Houston State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.
Among alumni of similar schools, Texas a & M University grads (who make an average of around $51K) earn salaries most similar to SHSU alumni. Other schools similar to SHSU include Lamar University, the University of West Florida, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.