Average Salary for Boise State University (BSU) Alumni

Nestled away in Boise, Idaho, Boise State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 19,000. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Broncos!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Boise State grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Boise State University (BSU) Alumni

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Electrical Engineer
4 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Technical Writer
3 salaries
3 salaries
Instructional Designer
3 salaries
Executive Assistant
3 salaries
Financial Analyst
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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About This School

1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725

Boise State University, BSU



State School, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Boise State work in a variety of sectors including the health care industry, the health care services industry, and clinical care. A large chunk of former Boise State students are employed in the manufacturing industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. The average starting salary for a graduate of Boise State is $53K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $51K on average compared to $62K for male graduates.


Boise State grads who become Instructional Designers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $86K annually. However, Construction Project Managers and Electrical Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in around $73K and approximately $70K, respectively). Sliding in near the bottom are Technical Writers, who report earnings of $44K.


Upon earning their degrees, many Boise State grads prefer to remain in Boise; in fact, close to one-half of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. The top-paying city popular with Boise State alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of about $73K. Home to the lowest median salary for Boise State alumni is Twin Falls, Idaho, a popular place for former students despite its $52K average paycheck. Portland, Ore. and Meridian, Idaho also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $138K per year, former Broncos who have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Management & Leadership are the best paid among the alumni population. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business Economics are the lowest of the pack, earning $28K.


Former Broncos with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are 57 percent more than other grads' salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among Boise State alumni, with close to an eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to most alums, and a majority of graduates sign up for dental plans. Most alumni save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Boise State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Southern Oregon University grads (who make an average of approximately $54K) earn salaries most similar to Boise State alumni. Eastern Washington University, California State University-Chico, and California State University-Sacramento are also similar to Boise State.

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ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats for Boise State University (BSU)


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
$31,233 - $69,205
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