Average Salary for Emporia State University Alumni

Emporia State University, a school in Emporia, Kan., has roughly 4,000 undergrads. This report is based on the answers of ESU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Emporia State University 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.
Software Engineer
3 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
2 salaries
Senior Project Engineer
2 salaries
High School Teacher
2 salaries
2 salaries
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 6 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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About This School

1200 Commercial
Emporia, KS 66801-5087



State School

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Professionally, the banking industry, the public library industry, and the retail industry are popular business areas among ESU alumni. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. ESU students do not advance into high-paying positions after graduation despite their impressive SAT results. Starting salaries of $48K are the median among ESU grads.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $48K per year compared to men, who earn around $65K.


Former ESU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Chief Financial Officers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to approximately $200K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Presidents ($146K) and Senior Project Engineers (about $84K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for High School Teachers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $45K.


Though Emporia, Kan. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at about $38K), around a seventh of ESU students continue living here after college. Houston, Texas is on the other end of the salary spectrum, offering top-notch pay and a median salary of approximately $70K; it's no wonder that ESU grads are attracted to this city. Other common destinations for ESU grads include close-by Wichita, Kan. and Lawrence, Kan.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (IT) leads to the highest pay for ESU grads ($86K on average per year). A B.A. in Communication commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $29K.


Many former ESU students are familiar with Microsoft Office, and slightly less than a fifth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Strategic Planning commands a pay premium of 236 percent for former Hornets. Customer Service, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; a little less than half of the graduates get vacation time, whereas just one in three grads get paid sick leave. A strong majority of grads participate in a 401(k) program. It is no small feat that a strong majority of graduates are given health coverage, and the larger part of grads accept dental insurance. Additional benefits handed to Emporia State University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $49K for Missouri State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to ESU grads. The University of Central Missouri, Pittsburg State University, and Fort Hays State University are also similar to ESU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
913 1073
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Emporia State University


51 %
49 %
$25,683 - $62,627
$35,834 - $97,565
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 23 votes.

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