Average Salary for Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni

Ranked in the top 30 percent of universities by return on investment, Central Washington University is a university based in Ellensburg, Wash., and it's home to around 10,000 undergraduates. Replies from former CWU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Financial Controller
9 salaries
Project Engineer
8 salaries
Staff Accountant
6 salaries
Accounting Manager
6 salaries
Administrative Assistant
5 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
4 salaries
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318

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About This School

400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501

Central Washington University



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Graduates of CWU go into the construction industry, the accounting, auditing and tax services industry, and the health care industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of CWU alumni wind up in the manufacturing industry. Graduates of CWU earn about $54K on average.


Male graduates of CWU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $62K versus $51K for women.


Financial Controllers win the contest for best-paid CWU alumni, making approximately $76K on average every year, though Accounting Managers ($73K), and Account Managers (around $56K) are not far behind. Sliding in near the bottom are Administrative Assistants, who report earnings of $36K.


Yakima, Wash. is a hot spot for CWU alum. Seattle, Wash. is also a common destination for CWU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $59K. On the far end of the pay scale, CWU alumni often reside in Tacoma, Wash., which is home to the lowest pay at $50K. In addition, CWU grads flock to neighboring Bellevue, Wash. as well as Redmond, Wash.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid CWU alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management — they earn close to approximately $83K on average per year. A Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (around $38K).


For former Wildcats, proficiency in Financial Analysis warrants a paycheck that is 46 percent more than other alumni salaries. CWU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with about a seventh of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. Health coverage is awarded to most graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of respondents as well. Most alums plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Other benefits that Central Washington University alumni receive are a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Minnesota graduates, who earn $53K on average, make a similar amount to CWU grads. Western Oregon University, Montana State University-Billings, and Humboldt State University are also similar to CWU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1300 1620
ACT Scores 18 23

Key Stats for Central Washington University (CWU)


50 %
50 %
$31,153 - $68,797
$38,446 - $81,976
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 123 votes.
$33,167 - $83,094
$32,438 - $75,331
$31,785 - $76,302
$43,172 - $73,530
$34,963 - $66,129

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