Average Salary for Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni

Nestled away in Mississippi State, Miss., the student population at Mississippi State University, a public research school, is roughly 16,000. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the MSU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

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
16 salaries
Software Engineer
8 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
8 salaries
Civil Engineer
8 salaries
Intern Architect
7 salaries
Project Engineer
7 salaries
Design Architect
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 451
United States (change)

About This School

Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

61 %

21 %

39 %

32 %

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Graduates of MSU work in a variety of sectors including the architectural services industry, the manufacturing industry, and the consulting industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the banking industry. MSU graduates see an estimated starting salary of around $60K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn $65K per year compared to females' $51K.


The most generous salaries among MSU alumni are reportedly earned by Project Engineers, whose earnings come to $75K, followed by Mechanical Engineers (about $72K) and Software Engineers (approximately $68K). Manufacturing Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $56K.


The most popular destination for former MSU students is Jackson. MSU grads also flock to Huntsville, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is approximately $86K). For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with MSU alumni is Starkville, which offers median salaries of around $49K. Memphis and Tupelo are also desirable cities.


Mississippi State University (MSU) offers the most generous salaries to MSU grads at $48K. In contrast, alums who work at International Paper Co face the lowest salaries at $48K on average.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid MSU alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) — they earn close to $129K per year. A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $39K.


Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 34 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $80K). MSU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Office, and roughly one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, the greater part of alums contribute to a 401(k). Health benefits extend to a solid majority of respondents, and a majority of former students also receive dental coverage. Mississippi State University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus grads report the most similar salaries to MSU alums, earning $60K on average. Other schools similar to MSU include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Georgia State University, and 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 %
$30,431 - $64,422
$39,570 - $84,492
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 172 votes.
$32,553 - $75,821
$38,116 - $79,096
$57,000 - $97,357
$30,876 - $60,629
$39,034 - $73,698

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