Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni Average Salary

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. The figures in this overview come from the responses of CWU grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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College ROI Report

463rd

20 Year Net ROI 

$309,000

Annual ROI 

6.3%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$135,000

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College Salary Report

467th

Early Career Salary 

$46,500

Mid-Career Salary 

$75,700

% High Meaning 

49 %

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Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Project Engineer
17 salaries
$58,732  
   
Staff Accountant
16 salaries
$49,262  
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
14 salaries
$119,904  
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
11 salaries
$49,132  
Corporate Controller
9 salaries
$83,093  
Human Resources (HR) Manager
8 salaries
$70,986  
Project Manager, Construction
8 salaries
$83,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Jun 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 788
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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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Industry

Graduates of CWU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the construction industry, the banking industry, and the education industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the manufacturing industry. CWU graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $51K.

Jobs

CWU grads who become Cost Accountants garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $64K annually. However, Account Managers and Executive Assistants also rank as top-earners (bringing in $62K and about $58K, respectively). Elementary School Teachers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $34K.

Locations

Seattle, Wash. is a hub for CWU graduates — a large number call this city home. Redmond, Wash. is also a common destination for CWU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $60K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by CWU alumni is Kent, Wash., where earnings average $44K. Neighboring Bellevue, Wash. is another common pick among CWU grads, along with Yakima, Wash.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $125K per year, former Wildcats who have a Bachelor of Science in Economics are the best paid among the alumni population. An Associate's Degree is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $31K.

Skills

Former Wildcats with Account Management experience garner salaries that are 67 percent more than other grads' salaries. Microsoft Excel is a common skill among CWU alumni — one in seven grads mention using it at work. Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-third of alumni for sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a strong majority of former students contribute to a 401(k). A strong majority of respondents have medical plans, and a strong majority of survey participants have dental insurance. Other benefits awarded to Central Washington University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of Wisconsin grads bring in salaries of around about $51K, 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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Key Stats for Central Washington University (CWU)

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %
Salary
$30,728 - $64,442
Salary
$36,461 - $76,055
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
$36,155 - $78,604
$51,563 - $73,746
$32,556 - $92,368
$41,800 - $87,474

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