Iowa State University Alumni Average Salary

Ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment, Iowa State University is a university based in Ames, Iowa, and it's home to around 28,000 undergraduates. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Cyclones!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. The data in this summary come from ISU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Iowa State University School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Project Engineer
3 salaries
Software Engineer
3 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
2 salaries
Senior Buyer
2 salaries
Operations Manager
2 salaries
Marketing Specialist
2 salaries
Interior Designer
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Jun 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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About This School

3410 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2030


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former ISU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including software as a service (SAAS) development, the architectural and engineering services industry, and the education industry. Among ISU grads, the agriculture industry is a commonly chosen career field. Median pay for those who graduated from ISU amounts to around $66K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $51K where the average male graduate hauls home $74K.


ISU grads who become Information Technology Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $126K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Project Engineers; their salaries approach $82K and approximately $70K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Marketing Specialists — they bring in about $34K.


Many ISU grads end up living in Des Moines, Iowa, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. With a median salary of $140K, Chicago, Ill. represents the highest-paid city popular among ISU grads. West Des Moines, Iowa is a popular spot for former ISU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at around $36K. Minneapolis, Minn. and Ames, Iowa are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE) will compensate ISU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $145K on average per year. A Bachelor of Science in Event Management commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $32K.


Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 89 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($125K). ISU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and just under one in five alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A majority of former students do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Nearly all alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Almost all former students receive health insurance, and a large number of former students get dental coverage. Iowa State University grads also enjoy benefits like a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Illinois at Chicago graduates, who earn approximately $66K on average, make a similar amount to ISU grads. Other schools similar to ISU include the University of Iowa, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
990 1300
ACT Scores 22 28

Key Stats for Iowa State University


34 %
66 %
$33,167 - $82,758
$40,359 - $100,985

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
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1-4 years
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20 years or more
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$33,976 - $150,570
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