Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni Average Salary

Mississippi State University is a university based in Mississippi State, Miss. that is home to around 16,000 undergraduates. The school attracts plenty of sports fans (Go Bulldogs!) to its rural campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Jackson, Miss., Memphis, Tenn., and Starkville, Miss. Replies from former MSU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Mechanical Engineer
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Project Engineer
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Manufacturing Engineer
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Software Engineer
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Intern Architect
4 salaries
Landscape Architect
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Senior Graphic Designer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former MSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the architectural services industry, the manufacturing industry, and the pulp and paper manufacturing industry. The majority of MSU alumni wind up in the banking industry. MSU graduates see an average starting salary of $60K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $50K on average compared to $65K for male graduates.


Civil Engineers win the contest for best-paid MSU alumni, making $74K on average every year, though Project Engineers (around $73K), and Mechanical Engineers (about $70K) are not far behind. Intern Architects get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $39K in this job.


The most popular destination for former MSU students is Jackson, Miss. Houston, Texas is another hot spot for MSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $72K). On the far end of the pay scale, MSU alumni often reside in Starkville, Miss., which is home to the lowest pay at $51K. Memphis, Tenn. is also a common pick among MSU grads, along with Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid MSU alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) — they earn close to around $150K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Communication are the lowest of the pack, earning approximately $33K.


MSU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Office, with just under one-fifth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Bulldogs with Engineering Design experience garner salaries that are 40 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly less than half of the survey participants do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick time. Most survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. For this school, most former students are the recipients of health benefits, and more than half of alums pick up dental plans, too. Graduates of Mississippi State University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College grads bring in salaries of around $60K, making them the most similar to MSU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Georgia State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus are also similar to MSU.

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ACT Scores 20 28

Key Stats for Mississippi State University (MSU)


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70 %
$30,666 - $62,569
$39,478 - $84,322
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
$30,968 - $73,700
$34,765 - $78,611
$25,849 - $60,000
$32,438 - $102,700
$38,432 - $89,000

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