Average Salary for Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni

Mississippi State University, a school in Mississippi State, Miss., has roughly 16,000 undergrads. 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 Houston, Texas. This summary is derived from information given by MSU grads who completed 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.
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Civil Engineer
6 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
5 salaries
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Intern Architect
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 347
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About This School

Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the architectural services industry, the manufacturing industry, and the civil engineering services industry are popular business areas among MSU alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the banking industry. Following graduation, MSU students earn an average of $59K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only about $50K on average compared to $65K for male graduates.


Among MSU graduates, the biggest earners are Electrical Engineers and Civil Engineers, who haul in approximately $80K on average. Project Engineers do well for themselves as well, making $73K. Intern Architects get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $37K in this job.


Jackson, Miss. is filled with MSU grads. The top-paying city popular with MSU alumni is Houston, Texas, which offers a median salary of around $78K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among MSU grads is Starkville, Miss. (median compensation is about $51K). Alumni express interest in Memphis, Tenn. and Atlanta, Ga. as well.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid MSU alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) — they earn close to around $150K on average per year. A B.A. in Communication is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $33K.


Just under one-fifth of grads report using Microsoft Office as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in Engineering Design translates into above-average pay for former Bulldogs — they earn 41 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just over two-fifths of grads can rely on paid vacation days, but just one in three grads have the luxury of paid sick time. Most alums receive health insurance, and a majority of alumni get dental coverage. Most grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Mississippi State University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Georgia grads bring in salaries of around $60K, making them the most similar to MSU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Georgia State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus are also similar to MSU.

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Test Scores

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SAT Scores*
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ACT Scores 20 28

Key Stats for Mississippi State University (MSU)


32 %
68 %
$30,509 - $62,286
$39,090 - $84,054
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 82 votes.
$31,147 - $74,468
$35,000 - $79,997
$32,681 - $124,740
$38,619 - $87,455
$25,849 - $60,000

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