The telecommunications industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former SSU graduates bring in approximately $53K on average.
Many SSU grads flock to San Francisco, Calif. Another city that attracts a wealth of SSU grads is Petaluma, Calif.; given its high compensation ($72K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. SSU alumni in Santa Rosa, Calif. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at around $52K. Other common destinations for SSU grads include close-by San Diego, Calif. and San Jose, Calif.
SSU students with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) can expect to make the most money (about $101K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $54K per year.
Many former SSU students are familiar with Project Management, and just under one in three grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Knowledge of .NET seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are more than double their former classmates' salaries ($110K). Demonstrated ability in Human Resources (HR), Customer Service, and .NET rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Though a majority of alumni get paid time off for vacation, only one in three grads receive paid sick leave. Most alums set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health benefits extend to most survey participants, and the larger part of former students also receive dental coverage. Additional benefits handed to Sonoma State University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and stock options.
Alumni of California State University pick up average paychecks of $55K, which is closest to the amount made by SSU grads among similar schools. California State University-Sacramento, San Francisco State University, and California State University-East Bay are also similar to SSU.