Attending Stony Brook University, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Stony Brook, N.Y., and it is ranked in the top 16 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Seawolves!), but academics are extremely important, too. The data for this synopsis comes from former SBU students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

9.6 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

49 %

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  • Updated: 15 Jun 2019
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About This School

310 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794

Stonybrook University


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of SBU work in a variety of sectors including the financial services industry, the health care industry, and the software development industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Graduates of SBU earn $66K on average.


Among SBU graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Software Engineers, who haul in about $111K on average. Next on the list are Physician Assistants and Software Engineers, bringing in around $96K and $87K, respectively. On the lower end, Operations Managers report making approximately $60K.


Home to a large number of SBU alums, New York, N.Y. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. With a median salary of $78K, Melville, N.Y. represents the highest-paid city popular among SBU grads. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with SBU alumni is Ronkonkoma, N.Y., which offers a median salary of $49K. Other common destinations for SBU grads include close-by Stony Brook, N.Y. and Hauppauge, N.Y.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of approximately $103K per year, former Seawolves who have a Master of Computer Science (MCS) are the best paid among the alumni population. A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $41K.


SBU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with about a seventh of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Linux commands a pay premium of 42 percent for former Seawolves. Experience with Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one in five survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health benefits extend to a large number of alums, and a strong majority of survey participants also receive dental coverage. Stony Brook University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Delaware grads bring in salaries of around $67K, making them the most similar to SBU alumni in terms of earnings. CUNY Graduate School and University Center, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and the University of Connecticut are also similar to SBU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1690 2040
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for Stony Brook University


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$39,603 - $88,679
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 224 votes.
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