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 Memphis, Tenn., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Denver, Colo. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the MSU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Senior Graphic Designer
3 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
2 salaries
Intern Architect
2 salaries
Landscape Architect
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Jun 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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 health care industry, the health care services industry, and the automotive manufacturing industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health insurance industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of MSU is $65K.


Manufacturing Engineers win the contest for best-paid MSU alumni, making an average $74K every year, though Landscape Architects and Senior Graphic Designers are not far behind at $60K. Intern Architects pick up $36K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Home to a large number of MSU alums, Memphis, Tenn. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. In addition, former MSU students often head to Atlanta, Ga. after graduating, where the median salary comes to about $117K in this top-paying city. Home to the lowest median salary for MSU alumni is Denver, Colo., a popular place for former students despite its approximately $47K average paycheck. Other popular cities include Colorado Springs, Colo. and Dallas, Texas.

Degree Major

MSU students with a Master of Science (MS) can expect to make the most money (around $90K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $37K per year.


Many MSU grads have knowledge of Microsoft Excel, with one-sixth of alumni using this program on the clock. Knowledge of Operations Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 24 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($80K). Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Adobe Photoshop.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. Dental insurance applies to more than half of grads, and most alums report health coverage. To plan for old age, most grads maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Mississippi State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus graduates, who earn $62K on average, make a similar amount to MSU grads. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Georgia State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus are also similar to MSU.

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)


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64 %
$35,700 - $63,574
$37,235 - $97,377

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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