Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 10,000 undergrads attend Central Washington University, a school in Ellensburg, Wash.. The school sits in the top 30 percent of universities by return on investment. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni

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Staff Accountant
16 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
13 salaries
Project Engineer
12 salaries
Financial Controller
11 salaries
Senior Accountant
11 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
10 salaries
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 832

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About This School

400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501

Central Washington University



State School

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The majority of CWU alumni wind up in public K-12 education. For CWU alumni — a demographic with impressive SAT scores — salaries actually come in on the lower end. Median pay for those who graduated from CWU amounts to about $49K.


Many CWU students are Ellensburg, Wash.-bound following college. It is also not uncommon to find former CWU students living and working in Seattle, Wash. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $61K. Kent, Wash. is a popular spot for former CWU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at around $56K.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for CWU grads with a Bachelor's Degree, Accounting (average earnings climb to $92K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Accounting — their annual income amounts to $47K on average.


For former Wildcats, proficiency in Budget Management warrants a paycheck that is 58 percent more than other alumni salaries. CWU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and nearly one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Accounting, and Microsoft Word command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

A number of grads are rewarded with paid time off, and slightly more than half of the survey participants report compensation for sick days and vacation time. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of graduates, and a strong majority of alums report health coverage. A fair number of alumni participate in a 401(k) program. Other benefits awarded to Central Washington University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and optional telecommute / work from home.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $49K for Minnesota State University Moorhead alumni, making their earnings most comparable to CWU grads. Western Oregon University, Montana State University-Billings, and Humboldt State University are also similar to CWU.

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Key Stats for Central Washington University (CWU)


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$20,600 - $82,541
$33,535 - $68,746
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1-4 years
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10-19 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
$38,798 - $76,497

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