Around 12,000 people attend Stephen F Austin State University, a institution based in Nacogdoches, Texas. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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5.9 %

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55 %

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 941
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About This School

2008 Alumin Drive, Rusk 206
Nacogdoches, TX 75961

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Former SFA students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the education industry, public K-12 education, and the oil and gas field services industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. Graduates of SFA earn $55K on average.


Male graduates of SFA out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $65K versus around $54K for women.


Chief Financial Officers win the contest for best-paid SFA alumni, making $123K on average every year, though Human Resources Directors ($72K), and Human Resources Managers ($61K) are not far behind. Administrative Assistants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $33K in this job.


Many SFA grads end up living in Houston, Texas, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. SFA grads also flock to Dallas, Texas, which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $65K). Many former Lumberjacks can't resist staying in Nacogdoches after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (approximately $42K). Nearby Austin, Texas and Lufkin, Texas also rank high on the list of cities for SFA grads.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for SFA grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance (average earnings climb to $98K per year). Those with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BApAS) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average around $39K per year.


Former Lumberjacks who have experience with Operations Management can expect to make 37 percent more than other alumni ($75K on average). Roughly an eighth of grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. A fair number of graduates report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a strong majority of alumni, and more than half of respondents sign up for dental plans. Additional perks enjoyed by Stephen F Austin State University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Tarleton State University grads report the most similar salaries to SFA alums, earning $54K on average. Other schools similar to SFA include Northwestern State University of Louisiana, the University of Texas at Tyler, and the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1310 1620
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA)


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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 441 votes.
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