Professionally, the financial services industry, the retail industry, and the marketing, advertising, and media management industry are popular business areas among SSU alumni. A large chunk of former SSU students are employed in the winery industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. The average salary for a grad from SSU is approximately $57K.
Among SSU graduates, the biggest earners are Human Resources Directors, who haul in $95K on average. Next on the list are Software Engineers and Human Resources Managers, bringing in around $93K and about $74K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Office Managers who make an average of $51K.
A large number of students head to Santa Rosa, Calif. after college. SSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of $73K. On the other hand, SSU alumni who end up in Healdsburg, Calif. receive the lowest median salary of $49K. Neighboring Petaluma, Calif. is another common pick among SSU grads, along with San Rafael, Calif.
SSU grads who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $134K per year. An Associate of Science (AS) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of about $41K.
Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SSU alumni, with roughly one in seven grads reporting using it on the job. Former Seawolves who have experience with Financial Analysis can expect to make 44 percent more than other alumni (around $82K on average). Proficiency in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to most survey participants, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of graduates as well. A large number of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Sonoma State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and free drinks.
Southern Oregon University grads bring in salaries of around $59K, making them the most similar to SSU alumni in terms of earnings. California State University-Sacramento, San Francisco State University, and California State University-East Bay are also similar to SSU.