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 Birmingham, Ala. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the MSU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Mechanical Engineer
17 salaries
Project Engineer
16 salaries
Civil Engineer
14 salaries
Electrical Engineer
13 salaries
Software Engineer
12 salaries
Process Engineer
11 salaries
Structural Engineer
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 990

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About This School

Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of MSU are found working in a number of different fields including the architectural services industry, the automotive manufacturing industry, and the health insurance industry. A large chunk of former MSU students are employed in the health care services industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Graduates of MSU earn $62K on average.


The MSU alumni who make the most are Landscape Architects and Senior Graphic Designers; they report a median pay of $60K. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Intern Architects who make an average of $36K.


Memphis, Tenn. is filled with MSU grads. Another city that attracts a wealth of MSU grads is Atlanta, Ga.; given its high compensation ($117K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Home to the lowest median salary for MSU alumni is Denver, Colo., a popular place for former students despite its approximately $47K average paycheck. Dallas, Texas and Birmingham, Ala. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

MSU grads who hold a Master of Science (MS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average around $90K per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) are the lowest of the pack, earning about $37K.


Operations Management commands a pay premium of 29 percent for former Bulldogs. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among MSU alumni, with one in six workers reporting using it on the job. Competency in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Adobe Photoshop also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. Most graduates plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. A large number of survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of former students receive 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

Georgia State University grads report the most similar salaries to MSU alums, earning approximately $62K on average. Other schools similar to MSU include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, and the University of Georgia.

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Key Stats for Mississippi State University (MSU)


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$33,547 - $63,116
$36,249 - $96,178
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

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