East Carolina University (ECU) Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Greenville, N.C., East Carolina University, a school, has a student population of roughly 22,000. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Pirates!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The data for this snapshot was collected from ECU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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East Carolina University (ECU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Project Manager, Construction
7 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Account Manager
3 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
3 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
3 salaries
Project Manager, Web
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 311
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About This School

East 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27858-4353



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of ECU are found working in a number of different fields including the health care services industry, clinical care, and the education industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. The average salary for a grad from ECU is $53K.


The biggest paychecks among ECU alumni are earned by Manufacturing Engineers — these former students make a median salary of about $63K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Construction Project Managers ($61K) and Software Engineers ($60K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Web Project Managers who make an average of around $40K.


The most popular destination for former ECU students is Raleigh, N.C. ECU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Durham, N.C., which offers a median salary of $60K. On the other end, ECU grads flock to Wilmington, N.C., which actually offers the weakest median salary of approximately $40K. Other cities of interest among ECU alumni include nearby Greenville, N.C. and Charlotte, N.C.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid ECU alumni are those with a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) — they earn close to $85K on average per year. A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $32K.


Around one in six ECU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Pirates with Project Management abilities can expect to make 25 percent more than their former classmates ($65K). In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service are also considered highly skilled.

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 in three grads for sick time. A strong majority of graduates participate in a 401(k) program. Health benefits extend to a fair number of graduates, and a majority of grads also receive dental coverage. East Carolina University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

East Tennessee State University grads bring in salaries of around $53K, making them the most similar to ECU alumni in terms of earnings. South Carolina State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University are also similar to ECU.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for East Carolina University (ECU)


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$31,193 - $67,161
$37,676 - $77,418
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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