A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
September 18, 2008 Volume 39 / Number 1


CSU Alumni Earnings Rate High in National Study

CSU, Chico has been rated highly by Forbes Magazine in a ranking of earnings by alumni of U.S. colleges and universities.

Forbes reported on a study by PayScale.com, which looked at the earnings of college graduates with 10-20 years of work experience. CSU, Chico ranks 24th in the nation among all public universities for the median salaries of its graduates.

The mid-career median salary of CSU, Chico’s alumni was $88,100. The starting salary for those CSU, Chico alumni was $47,400.

The top school overall in the country was Dartmouth College, with an alumni mid-career median salary of $131,000. The top state university on the list was UC Berkeley, with a median salary of $112,000.

Ranked just above CSU, Chico among public universities, at 23rd, was University of Massachusetts; one notch below CSU, Chico was the University of Florida.

“"This is an important affirmation of the quality of our graduates and the people and programs of Chico State which have prepared them for success," said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. "As this survey attests, our students are doing well both upon starting their careers and continuing in them. Our higher ranking than many flagship state universities underscores what a great value a Chico State education is."

"What differentiates Chico graduates is that they arrive on the job ready to contribute, but continue to learn beginning their first day," said Ben Guthrie, a long-time business and finance manager and recruiter for Chevron who is also a CSU, Chico alumnus. "Through their Chico experience, they develop a keen ability to work collaboratively and help others. They also bring a very solid set of technical skills from their academic preparation. These attributes enable them to move into leadership roles during their careers."

The Forbes story is on the Web at Forbes.com

Kathleen McPartland with Rachel Teasdale, Natural Sciences