Iowa State University Alumni Average Salary

Around 28,000 undergrads attend Iowa State University, a school in Ames, Iowa. The school sits in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Cyclones!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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College ROI Report

170th

20 Year Net ROI 

$459,000

Annual ROI 

10.5%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$75,400

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College Salary Report

160th

Early Career Salary 

$76,800

Mid-Career Salary 

$121,000

% High Meaning 

63 %

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Iowa State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$25K$50K$75K
Mechanical Engineer
71 salaries
$67,444  
   
Project Engineer
46 salaries
$60,725  
Software Engineer
45 salaries
$72,438  
Veterinarian
33 salaries
$67,270  
Electrical Engineer
31 salaries
$72,398  
Design Engineer
27 salaries
$60,200  
Graphic Designer
26 salaries
$38,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 May 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,394
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About This School

3410 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2030

www.admissions.iastate.edu/

27,659

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Industry

Graduates of ISU are found working in a number of different fields including the education industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the agriculture industry. The manufacturing industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Former ISU graduates bring in $64K on average.

Gender

There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in about $71K after graduating from ISU, the average woman earns only approximately $54K.

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among ISU alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $78K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $76K and around $74K, respectively, are Software Engineers and Veterinarians. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Operations Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $46K.

Locations

The most popular destination for former ISU students is Des Moines, Iowa. Another city that attracts a wealth of ISU grads is Minneapolis, Minn.; given its high compensation ($82K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Many former Cyclones can't resist staying in Ames after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (around $45K). Chicago, Ill. and West Des Moines, Iowa are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

ISU students with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can expect to make the most money (approximately $110K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $37K on average per year.

Skills

Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 39 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($89K). Project Management is a popular skill among ISU alumni, with slightly less than one-fifth of grads reporting using it on the job. Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; approximately half of the former students get vacation time, whereas just one-third of alumni get paid sick leave. Most former students report contributing to a 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most respondents are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of respondents report dental coverage, too. Additional perks enjoyed by Iowa State University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Minnesota grads report the most similar salaries to ISU alums, earning about $65K on average. Other schools similar to ISU include the University of Iowa, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Key Stats for Iowa State University

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %
Salary
$33,798 - $75,991
Salary
$40,962 - $88,034
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
$45,312 - $61,699
$81,948
$124,000
$34,601 - $72,874
$51,957 - $101,736
$43,731 - $101,130
$28,161 - $56,460
$50,000 - $81,445

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