Emporia State University Alumni Average Salary

Emporia State University, a school in Emporia, Kan., has roughly 4,000 undergrads. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the ESU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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About This School

1200 Commercial
Emporia, KS 66801-5087



State School

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ESU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the tax returns industry, the manufacturing industry, and the education industry. The wholesale distribution 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. The average salary for a grad from ESU is $49K.


Chief Financial Officers win the contest for best-paid ESU alumni, making about $200K on average every year.


ESU alumni like Emporia so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with close to one-seventh of grads staying on to find permanent employment. The top-paying city popular with ESU alumni is Wichita, Kan., which offers a median salary of approximately $55K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with ESU alumni is Overland Park, Kan., which offers a median salary of $41K. Other popular cities include Kansas City, Mo. and Lawrence, Kan.

Degree Major

Former Hornets who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration and earn a median salary of $153K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Communication — their annual income amounts to around $29K on average.


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among ESU alumni, with approximately one-sixth of grads reporting using it on the job. General Ledger Accounting commands a pay premium of 20 percent for former Hornets. Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Financial Reporting are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. A strong majority of alums participate in a 401(k) program. A strong majority of grads receive health insurance, and a fair number of alums get dental coverage. Alumni of Emporia State University also take in a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Northeastern State University grads report the most similar salaries to ESU alums, earning $50K on average. The University of Central Missouri, Pittsburg State University, and Fort Hays State University are also similar to ESU.

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Key Stats for Emporia State University


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