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. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Overall College ROI Rank

362
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

144
out of 408
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

159
out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

$45,000
Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$26K$52K$78K
Project Engineer
8 salaries
$55,287  
   
Financial Controller
7 salaries
$69,919  
Staff Accountant
6 salaries
$44,491  
Accountant
4 salaries
$45,317  
Accounting Manager
3 salaries
$65,000  
Assistant Controller
3 salaries
$76,841  
Elementary School Teacher
3 salaries
$50,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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About This School

400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501

Central Washington University

www.cwu.edu/~cwuadmis/

10,423

State School

51 %

9 %

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36 %


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Industry

Graduates of CWU work in a variety of sectors including the construction industry, the health care industry, and the public accounting industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the manufacturing industry. Those with a degree from CWU make an average of approximately $53K.

Gender

There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $61K, but the median for the latter is only about $49K.

Jobs

Among CWU alumni, those working as Accounting Managers report the highest median pay of $79K, followed by Financial Controllers (around $70K), and Project Engineers ($55K). Administrative Assistants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $38K.

Locations

Many CWU grads flock to Seattle, Wash. In addition, former CWU students often head to Yakima, Wash. after graduating, where the median salary comes to about $62K in this top-paying city. Home to the lowest median salary for CWU alumni is Kent, Wash., a popular place for former students despite its $42K average paycheck. CWU alumni express interest in nearby Bellevue, Wash. and Redmond, Wash. as well.

Degree Major

Former Wildcats who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Finance and earn a median salary of approximately $85K per year. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $38K per year.

Skills

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 one-seventh of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one-third of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. A large number of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of grads, and a fair number of survey participants sign up for dental plans. Central Washington University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Winona State University grads bring in salaries of around $53K, making them the most similar to CWU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to CWU include Western Oregon University, Montana State University-Billings, and Humboldt State University.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Central Washington University (CWU)

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %
Salary
$30,847 - $69,985
Salary
$38,446 - $81,547

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
$32,224 - $80,945
$31,562 - $84,000
$37,778 - $75,776
$42,885 - $73,746
$34,963 - $66,129

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