Average Salary for Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni

Around 16,000 people attend Mississippi State University, a institution based in Mississippi State, Miss. 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. The data for this synopsis comes from former MSU students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Intern Architect
7 salaries
Civil Engineer
7 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Design Architect
5 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382

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About This School

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. A large chunk of former MSU students are employed in the banking industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Former MSU graduates bring in $59K on average.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $50K where the average male graduate hauls home $65K.


The MSU alumni who make the most are Civil Engineers; they report a median pay of around $74K. Project Engineers and Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $73K and approximately $70K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Intern Architects who make an average of about $35K.


Jackson, Miss. is a hub for MSU graduates — a large number call this city home. It is no surprise that Huntsville, Ala., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $79K), is another of the most popular spots for former MSU students. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among MSU grads is Starkville, Miss. (median compensation is approximately $48K). Alumni express interest in Memphis, Tenn. and Houston, Texas as well.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) earns MSU students the most money after college (an average $98K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLArch) — their annual income amounts to around $43K on average.


Nearly one-sixth of grads report using Microsoft Office as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Bulldogs with Engineering Design experience garner salaries that are 40 percent more than other grads' salaries. Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. To plan for old age, a large number of alumni maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that most survey participants are given health coverage, and the larger part of graduates accept dental insurance. Other benefits awarded to Mississippi State University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Georgia grads (who make an average of $60K) earn salaries most similar to MSU alumni. Other schools similar to MSU include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Georgia State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
970 1250
ACT Scores 20 28

Key Stats for Mississippi State University (MSU)


32 %
68 %
$30,652 - $61,981
$39,142 - $82,294
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 102 votes.
$31,650 - $73,111
$43,174 - $79,096
$30,340 - $59,133
$38,974 - $71,953
$32,973 - $114,950

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