CSU, Chico News

Alumni Earnings Rank High Nationally

Date: 12-16-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico has been rated highly among all U.S. colleges and universities in a ranking of mid-career earnings by alumni.

In a study by PayScale.com, CSU, Chico ranks 45th out of 416 state universities in the country. The mid-career median salary of CSU, Chico’s alumni was $84,400. The starting median salary for CSU, Chico alumni was $47,700.

The data is included in the 2011-2012 PayScale College Salary Report http://www.payscale.com/best-colleges. The study is geared for prospective students searching for information on colleges and universities.

The introduction to the College Salary Report begins, “In today's tough job market, investing in a four-year degree can help you land the gig you want. But, before you pay for all that tuition, wouldn't it be nice to know which are the top college majors and best colleges for earning a big paycheck after graduation?”

CSU, Chico was the fourth ranked CSU campus in the study, following Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona and San Jose State, respectively.

The top school in the study was State University of New York’s Maritime College, with a mid-career media salary of $109,000. UC Berkeley was fifth at $102,000.

Ranked just above CSU, Chico were Auburn University, University of Wisconsin, Madison and University of Connecticut. Ranked in the three slots below CSU, Chico were James Madison University, Penn State University and Baruch College.

“This is a great testament to how well our new grads and seasoned alumni do in the job market,” said Jamie Starmer, director of the CSU, Chico Career Center. “Our students are prepared to move into management at a fast rate, and we’re very proud of that.”

In the PayScale.com survey of alumni earnings, starting employees were defined as full-time employees with five years of experience or less in their career or field who hold a bachelor's degree and no higher degrees. Mid-career employees were defined as full-time employees with at least 10 years of experience in their career or field who hold a bachelor's degree and no higher degrees. Careers that require advanced degrees, such as law or medicine, were not included in the survey.

The full state university rankings are available at http://www.payscale.com/best-colleges/top-state-universities.asp.