Average Salary for East Carolina University (ECU) Alumni

East Carolina University, a public research school in Greenville, N.C., has roughly 21,000 undergrads. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Pirates!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

East Carolina University (ECU) Alumni

Median Salary by 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.
Project Manager, Construction
11 salaries
Operations Manager
8 salaries
Office Manager
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
4 salaries
Interior Designer
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 520
United States (change)

About This School

East 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27858-4353



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

56 %

13 %

68 %

32 %

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Graduates of ECU go into the banking industry, the education industry, and clinical care, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular field is the health care industry. Typical pay for those who graduated from ECU amounts to $51K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $49K whereas the men's median is about $59K.


The biggest paychecks among ECU alumni are earned by Financial Controllers — these former students make $103K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Operations Managers (around $64K) and Construction Project Managers (approximately $61K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Elementary School Teachers — they bring in $31K.


Raleigh is filled with ECU grads. ECU grads also flock to Washington, DC, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is approximately $66K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by ECU alumni is Wilmington, where earnings average about $42K. Nearby Greenville is also a top pick for ECU grads, as is Charlotte.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for ECU grads with a medical degree (earnings climb to $153K per year). Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Education fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of $36K.


Former Pirates with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are 28 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many former ECU students are familiar with Project Management, and nearly one in seven grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. A strong majority of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance benefits extend to the greater part of graduates, and a majority of respondents sign up for dental plans. East Carolina University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Tennessee State University grads (who make an average of around $51K) earn salaries most similar to ECU alumni. East Tennessee State University, South Carolina State University, and Middle Tennessee State University are also similar to ECU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1430 1660
ACT Scores 21 24

Key Stats for East Carolina University (ECU)


51 %
49 %
$31,067 - $65,294
$35,842 - $79,358
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 215 votes.

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