Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni Average Salary

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 Memphis, Tenn., Starkville, Miss., and Jackson, Miss. Replies from former MSU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
17 salaries
Civil Engineer
15 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
Project Engineer
13 salaries
13 salaries
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
Structural Engineer
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,038
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About This School

Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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MSU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the manufacturing industry, the architectural services industry, and the civil engineering services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the banking industry. Following graduation, MSU students earn an average of $62K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of approximately $54K whereas the men's median is around $67K.


The MSU alumni who make the most are Senior Process Engineers; they report a median pay of $85K. Project Engineers and Software Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — about $84K and $66K, respectively. Sliding in near the bottom are Meteorologists, who report earnings of $43K.


Many MSU grads flock to Memphis, Tenn. Houston, Texas is another hot spot for MSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to around $72K). On the other hand, MSU alumni who end up in Starkville, Miss. receive the lowest median salary of about $50K. Nearby Jackson, Miss. and Tupelo, Miss. also rank high on the list of cities for MSU grads.

Degree Major

MSU students with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering can expect to make the most money ($107K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those with a Master of Science (MS), Meteorology face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $38K per year.


Many MSU grads have knowledge of Project Management, with approximately one in seven alumni using this program on the clock. Former Bulldogs with Engineering Design experience garner salaries that are 25 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and AutoCAD command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. Most alumni save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a large number of respondents are given health coverage, and more than half of former students accept dental insurance. Other benefits awarded to Mississippi State University alumni include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

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

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Key Stats for Mississippi State University (MSU)


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70 %
$30,318 - $65,052
$42,688 - $90,183
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 18 votes.
$31,829 - $65,090
$25,671 - $61,042
$51,333 - $114,750
$47,932 - $88,500
$42,591 - $130,000

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