Average Salary for Emporia State University Alumni

Emporia State University, a school in Emporia, Kan., has roughly 4,000 undergrads. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

Emporia State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
3 salaries
Senior Project Engineer
2 salaries
2 salaries
2 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
2 salaries
High School Teacher
2 salaries
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90

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About This School

1200 Commercial
Emporia, KS 66801-5087



State School

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ESU alumni can most commonly be found in the banking industry, the public library industry, and the public accounting industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. For ESU alumni — a demographic with impressive SAT scores — salaries actually come in on the lower end. Following graduation, ESU students earn an average of $49K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $46K whereas the men's median is $65K.


ESU grads who become Chief Financial Officers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $200K annually. However, Presidents and Senior Project Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in around $146K and $84K, respectively). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for High School Teachers; alumni in this role face average salaries of approximately $45K.


Though Emporia, Kan. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $38K), close to an eighth of ESU students continue living here after college. ESU alumni in search of the largest paycheck, on the other hand, will find it in Mcpherson, Kan. where around $83K is the average pay. In addition, ESU grads flock to neighboring Wichita, Kan. as well as Overland Park, Kan.

Degree Major

ESU students with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (IT) can expect to make the most money ($86K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Communication are the lowest of the pack, earning about $29K.


Former Hornets with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) experience garner salaries that are 43 percent more than other grads' salaries. ESU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Office, and nearly one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Experience with Customer Service, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management is highly valued as well.

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 more than half of former students, and most grads report health coverage. Most graduates save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Emporia State University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Missouri State University grads bring in salaries of around approximately $49K, making them the most similar to ESU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to ESU include the University of Central Missouri, Pittsburg State University, and Fort Hays State University.

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


53 %
47 %
$25,539 - $61,000
$37,298 - $94,235
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 30 votes.
$18,121 - $50,971
$34,731 - $87,371
$51,000 - $67,278
$43,158 - $81,389

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