Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni Average Salary

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than Central Washington University. It is a university based in Ellensburg, Wash. that is ranked in the top 30 percent of universities by return on investment. The data for this snapshot was collected from CWU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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College ROI Report

362nd

20 Year Net ROI 

$317,200

Annual ROI 

8.2%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$85,900

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College Salary Report

467th

Early Career Salary 

$46,500

Mid-Career Salary 

$75,700

% High Meaning 

49.0%

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Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$23K$46K$69K
Project Engineer
8 salaries
$55,287  
   
Staff Accountant
6 salaries
$44,491  
Financial Controller
6 salaries
$68,000  
Accountant
4 salaries
$45,317  
Account Executive
3 salaries
$30,521  
Accounting Manager
3 salaries
$65,000  
Elementary School Teacher
3 salaries
$50,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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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

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Industry

Graduates of CWU work in a variety of sectors including the construction industry, the health care industry, and the insurance and financial services industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the manufacturing industry. Following graduation, CWU students earn an average of about $53K.

Gender

After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average approximately $61K per year compared to females' $50K.

Jobs

In the CWU alumni professional community, Accounting Managers make the highest median pay ($79K), though Assistant Controllers (around $77K), and Financial Controllers ($70K) are close competitors. On the lower end, Staff Accountants report making $44K.

Locations

Many CWU grads end up living in Seattle, Wash., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. With a median salary of approximately $58K, Wenatchee, Wash. represents the highest-paid city popular among CWU grads. 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 around $46K. Close-by Bellevue, Wash. and Yakima, Wash. are also desirable cities among CWU alumni.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Finance will compensate CWU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $85K on average 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 about $38K per year.

Skills

Many former CWU students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and roughly a seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Financial Analysis commands a pay premium of 46 percent for former Wildcats. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

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. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of alumni, and most survey participants report health coverage. A large number of grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Central Washington University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $53K for Winona State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to CWU grads. 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
$30,585 - $70,255
Salary
$38,630 - $81,459
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.
$34,255 - $81,174
$31,562 - $84,000
$37,426 - $76,006
$42,885 - $73,746
$34,963 - $66,129

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