Average Salary for Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni

Central Washington University is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Ellensburg, Wash., the school is ranked in the top 30 percent of universities by return on investment. The data in this summary come from CWU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Project Engineer
8 salaries
Financial Controller
7 salaries
Staff Accountant
6 salaries
Accounting Manager
5 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
4 salaries
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Administrative Assistant
4 salaries
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About This School

400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501

Central Washington University



State School

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Graduates of CWU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the construction industry, the health care industry, and the banking 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 around $53K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $50K where the average male graduate hauls home about $61K.


CWU grads who become Accounting Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $73K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Financial Controllers and Project Engineers; their salaries approach $71K and $55K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Administrative Assistants — they bring in approximately $37K.


Seattle, Wash. is a hub for CWU graduates — a large number call this city home. CWU grads also flock to Wenatchee, Wash., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $58K). Everett, 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 approximately $47K. Close-by Bellevue, Wash. and Yakima, Wash. are also desirable cities among CWU alumni.

Degree Major

CWU students with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management can expect to make the most money ($81K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) — their annual income amounts to around $38K on average.


Many CWU grads have knowledge of Microsoft Excel, with nearly one in seven alumni using this program on the clock. Competency in Financial Analysis translates into above-average pay for former Wildcats — they earn 53 percent more than their fellow graduates. Experience with Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Financial Reporting is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-third of alumni for sick time. For this school, a large number of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of survey participants pick up dental plans, too. To plan for old age, a large number of alums maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Central Washington University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Minnesota grads (who make an average of $53K) earn salaries most similar to CWU alumni. 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)


48 %
52 %
$31,133 - $71,601
$38,750 - $81,649
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 votes.
$32,818 - $81,925
$31,562 - $84,000
$37,813 - $75,331
$42,885 - $73,746
$34,963 - $66,129

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