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Average Salary for Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni

Nestled away in Mississippi State, Miss., Mississippi State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 16,000. 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 Starkville, Miss. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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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
15 salaries
Software Engineer
8 salaries
Civil Engineer
7 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
7 salaries
Intern Architect
7 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Design Architect
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426

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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 manufacturing industry, and the pulp and paper manufacturing industry. The most popular field is the banking industry. Former MSU graduates bring in $59K on average.


In the MSU alumni community, men make a median salary of around $65K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $50K.


MSU grads who become Electrical Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $80K annually. However, Project Engineers and Civil Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in about $73K and approximately $72K, respectively). Intern Architects get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $35K in this job.


Many MSU grads end up living in Jackson, Miss., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. It is no surprise that Huntsville, Ala., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $79K), is another of the most popular spots for former MSU students. Home to the lowest median salary for MSU alumni is Starkville, Miss., a popular place for former students despite its around $48K average paycheck. Alumni express interest in Memphis, Tenn. and Houston, Texas as well.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering earns MSU students the most money after college (an average approximately $95K per year). A Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLArch) offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($43K).


Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 33 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $79K). Close to one-sixth of MSU grads wind up using Microsoft Office at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just under half of the alums do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. It is no small feat that most respondents are given health coverage, and a fair number of grads accept dental insurance. Most grads opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits that Mississippi State University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Georgia grads is $59K, making their salaries most similar to those of MSU grads. Other schools similar to MSU include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Georgia State University, and the 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 %
$30,741 - $62,394
$38,850 - $83,261
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 109 votes.
$31,650 - $73,111
$36,329 - $78,611
$30,340 - $59,133
$39,152 - $75,000
$33,935 - $102,700

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