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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, roughly 16,000. The figures in this rundown were provided by MSU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Mechanical Engineer
18 salaries
Civil Engineer
10 salaries
Project Engineer
9 salaries
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
8 salaries
Design Engineer
7 salaries
Design Architect
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 563
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Mississippi State University (MSU) Details

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Mississippi State, MS 39762


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Graduates of MSU are found working in a number of different fields including the manufacturing industry, the architectural services industry, and the consulting industry. The majority of MSU alumni wind up in the banking industry. Starting salaries of approximately $60K are common among MSU grads.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $50K on average compared to $66K for male graduates.


MSU grads who become Project Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $75K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers; their salaries approach $72K and $70K, respectively. Intern Architects face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at about $34K.


A large number of students head to Jackson after college. Another city that attracts a wealth of MSU grads is Huntsville; given its high compensation ($86K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other end, MSU grads flock to Starkville, which actually offers the weakest median salaries of about $49K. Memphis and Tupelo are popular choices as well.


MSU alumni can earn the most money (around $48K) at Mississippi State University (MSU). In contrast, alums who work at International Paper Co face the lowest salaries at $48K on average.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for MSU grads with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) (earnings climb to $129K per year). A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of $39K.


Many former MSU students are familiar with Microsoft Office, and roughly a sixth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 33 percent for former Bulldogs. Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and AutoCAD are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. For this school, the greater part of respondents are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair portion of alums pick up dental plans, too. A solid majority of former students report contributing to a 401(k). Additional perks enjoyed by Mississippi State University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Alabama at Birmingham graduates, who earn approximately $60K on average, make a similar amount to MSU grads. Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, and the University of Georgia are also similar to MSU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
960 1230
ACT Scores 20 27

Key Stats

32 %
68 %
$30,424 - $63,882
$39,620 - $86,575
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 202 votes.
$45,000 - $71,500
Gulf States Manufacturers
$31,991 - $75,100
$38,442 - $80,415
$52,711 - $98,226
$30,876 - $60,629
$39,151 - $82,000

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