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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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Financial Controller
9 salaries
$73,056  
   
Project Engineer
8 salaries
$55,287  
Staff Accountant
6 salaries
$44,491  
Accounting Manager
6 salaries
$72,500  
Administrative Assistant
5 salaries
$37,189  
Elementary School Teacher
4 salaries
$41,000  
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
4 salaries
$54,221  
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

www.cwu.edu/~cwuadmis/

10,423

State School

51 %

9 %

88 %

36 %


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Industry

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.

Gender

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

Jobs

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.

Locations

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).

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 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)

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %
Salary
$31,153 - $68,797
Salary
$38,446 - $81,976
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

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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