San Francisco State University is a school located in San Francisco, Calif. with around 30,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

8.7 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

48 %

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  • Updated: 15 Jun 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,151
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About This School

1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132


Research University, State School

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Professionally, software as a service (SAAS) development, the software development industry, and the health care services industry are popular business areas among SF State alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. The average salary for a grad from SF State is about $62K.


SF State grads who become Human Resources Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making $84K on average yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Accountants and Software Engineers; their salaries approach around $81K. Office Managers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $54K in this job.


San Francisco is a popular place for SF State students to settle after graduation, and more than two-fifths of grads find steadfast employment in the city. San Jose, Calif. is also a common destination for SF State grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $78K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by SF State alumni is San Diego, Calif., where earnings average $55K. In addition, SF State grads flock to neighboring Oakland, Calif. as well as Los Angeles, Calif.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid SF State alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) — they earn close to $112K on average per year. Those with an Associate of Arts (AA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $51K per year.


Many former SF State students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and approximately one-seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Financial Analysis translates into above-average pay for former Gators — they earn 23 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. Most survey participants receive health insurance, and a fair number of survey participants get dental coverage. A large number of survey participants participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. San Francisco State University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

California State University grads report the most similar salaries to SF State alums, earning $63K on average. California State University-East Bay, San Jose State University, and Sonoma State University are also similar to SF State.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
860 1090
ACT Scores 18 24

Key Stats for San Francisco State University (SFSU)


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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1385 votes.
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