San Diego State University Rankings Based on Salary

  • San Diego State University ranks better than only 48% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • San Diego State University ranks better than 92% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at San Diego State University

We calculated a salary score for each of San Diego State University's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at San Diego State University to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for SDSU Bachelor's Degrees

SDSU ranks higher than 48% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 81% $16,756 $55,625 81%
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 44% $21,499 $64,990 44%
Anthropology 38% $13,000 $25,194 38%
Applied Mathematics 9% $12,698 $33,993 9%
Area Studies 14% Not Reported $25,194 14%
Biology, General 67% $19,497 $31,423 67%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 44% $15,397 $41,651 44%
Chemistry 83% $21,601 $45,149 83%
Civil Engineering 73% $17,173 $64,553 73%
Communication and Media Studies 72% $15,000 $37,208 72%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 34% $14,998 $23,207 34%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 45% $15,649 $55,884 45%
Computer Engineering 74% $18,152 $79,598 74%
Computer Science 51% $14,996 $68,219 51%
Construction Engineering Technologies 95% $21,337 $77,401 95%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 31% $12,276 $32,231 31%
Dance 62% Not Reported $25,194 62%
Design and Applied Arts 54% $16,252 $35,843 54%
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 31% $16,728 $29,540 31%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 36% $18,808 $21,703 36%
Economics 34% $16,749 $44,055 34%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 59% $17,393 $72,413 59%
English Language and Literature, General 24% $15,475 $25,426 24%
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 18% $22,999 $50,439 18%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 77% $17,406 $33,281 77%
Finance and Financial Management Services 33% $17,480 $46,184 33%
Fine and Studio Arts 12% $14,177 $20,140 12%
Geography and Cartography 78% $24,654 $41,565 78%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 40% Not Reported $35,600 40%
Gerontology 64% Not Reported $33,459 64%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 42% $18,468 $29,173 42%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 41% $15,874 $32,843 41%
History 33% $15,000 $27,947 33%
Hospitality Administration/Management 85% $14,176 $43,899 85%
International Business 36% $12,073 $42,930 36%
International Relations and National Security Studies 23% $15,996 $30,554 23%
Journalism 37% $20,498 $30,771 37%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 32% $11,500 $29,443 32%
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 12% $18,550 $22,192 12%
Marketing 81% $16,874 $48,215 81%
Mechanical Engineering 66% $19,325 $68,052 66%
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 86% Not Reported $41,565 86%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 26% $16,999 $30,771 26%
Music 44% $21,432 $26,715 44%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 74% $19,495 $37,671 74%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 63% $16,000 $33,755 63%
Philosophy 31% Not Reported $25,967 31%
Political Science and Government 34% $17,498 $32,569 34%
Psychology, General 24% $14,998 $26,567 24%
Public Administration 19% $15,500 $34,105 19%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 82% $16,159 $43,025 82%
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 19% $16,749 $25,372 19%
Real Estate 31% Not Reported $46,087 31%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 97% $18,180 $86,454 97%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 18% $11,000 $26,187 18%
Social Sciences, General 40% $16,515 $32,925 40%
Social Work 69% $15,973 $34,381 69%
Sociology 34% $13,985 $30,228 34%
Statistics 26% Not Reported $46,478 26%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 5% $12,999 $27,995 5%
Urban Studies/Affairs 20% Not Reported $31,848 20%

Salary Scores for SDSU Master's Degrees

SDSU ranks higher than 75% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 91% Not Reported $69,338 91%
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education 92% Not Reported $65,477 92%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 65% $53,604 $79,284 65%
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 94% Not Reported $65,797 94%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 99% Not Reported $74,576 99%
Communication and Media Studies 74% Not Reported $56,234 74%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 98% $36,534 $70,009 98%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 58% Not Reported $88,198 58%
Criminology 23% Not Reported $39,009 23%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 97% Not Reported $52,107 97%
Educational Administration and Supervision 65% $24,666 $61,516 65%
Educational/Instructional Media Design 60% Not Reported $57,318 60%
Finance and Financial Management Services 89% Not Reported $104,192 89%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 45% Not Reported $41,565 45%
International Relations and National Security Studies 39% $30,750 $52,733 39%
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 40% Not Reported $38,289 40%
Psychology, General 65% Not Reported $48,432 65%
Public Administration 59% $34,579 $56,776 59%
Public Health 63% $34,592 $59,011 63%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 45% Not Reported $97,604 45%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 34% Not Reported $52,107 34%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 35% $47,567 $33,281 35%
Social Work 81% $26,314 $50,717 81%
Special Education and Teaching 96% $18,500 $64,196 96%
Statistics 26% Not Reported $76,460 26%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 79% $28,129 $50,341 79%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 12% $52,578 $38,289 12%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 90% $13,000 $60,878 90%

Salary Scores for SDSU Doctoral Degrees

SDSU ranks higher than 82% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 68% Not Reported $69,338 68%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 99% Not Reported $84,653 99%
Educational Administration and Supervision 90% $64,769 $106,421 90%
Public Health 89% Not Reported $89,530 89%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 68% $64,378 $73,288 68%

San Diego State University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Glenn Parker 1/17/2020

I attended San Diego State University Aztec from 2005 to 2008 as a transfer student. I studied Kinesiology with emphasis in Fitness Nutrition and Health. San Diego State was an amazing school and I met many people and formed meaningful friendships. I made a habit of meeting with my professors one on one to get to know each other, especially in huge classes of 100 or more. I always sat in the front row and stood out to where the professors knew me by my first name. You can get caught up in the glamour and party... Read More

Matthew Giessman 10/2/2019

My four years at San Diego State were some of the best years of my life. To start, the campus and the weather there are both beautiful! The campus is only a short drive away from the beach, so when I wasn't busy with school work I was hanging out in the sand or surfing. I learned so much during my studies to earn my BS in Kinesiology. My anatomy and physiology teachers were incredibly bright and engaging; I still think back to some of their lectures while studying in my graduate program because they were so... Read More