Sonoma State University is a school located in Rohnert Park, Calif. with around 9,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 26 percent of universities by return on investment. This report is based on the answers of SSU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

8.0 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

54 %

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Sonoma State University Median Salary by Job



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  • Updated: 8 Jun 2019
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About This School

1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609


State School

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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.

Degree Major

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.

Related Schools

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.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
880 1100
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for Sonoma State University


65 %
34 %
$41,473 - $84,473
$45,053 - $99,485

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 406 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$40,727 - $79,391
$45,076 - $94,737
$40,552 - $85,835
$39,298 - $86,031
$50,026 - $107,987
$41,993 - $89,740
$44,314 - $92,490
$36,059 - $91,563
$41,538 - $84,090
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