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 overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer
10 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Intern Architect
5 salaries
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
5 salaries
Web Developer
4 salaries
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Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of MSU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the manufacturing industry, the architectural services industry, and energy are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of MSU alumni wind up in the banking industry. Those with a degree from MSU make an average of $59K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of around $50K whereas the men's median is approximately $65K.


Among MSU alumni, those working as Electrical Engineers and Civil Engineers report the highest median pay of $80K, followed by Project Engineers at about $73K. Intern Architects pick up $39K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many MSU grads flock to Jackson, Miss. It is no surprise that Houston, Texas, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $78K), is another of the most popular spots for former MSU students. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among MSU grads is Starkville, Miss. (median compensation is $51K). Other cities of interest include Memphis, Tenn. and Nashville, Tenn.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for MSU grads with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) (average earnings climb to around $150K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Communication (approximately $33K on average annually).


For former Bulldogs, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 41 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many MSU grads have knowledge of Microsoft Office, with slightly less than one-fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A little less than half of the survey participants are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick leave. Most grads participate in a 401(k) program. A large number of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while more than half of grads receive dental plans, too. Alumni of Mississippi State University also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Georgia grads (who make an average of $59K) earn salaries most similar to MSU alumni. Other schools similar to MSU include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Georgia State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus.

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Test Scores

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ACT Scores 20 28

Key Stats for Mississippi State University (MSU)


31 %
69 %
$30,232 - $62,149
$39,192 - $84,403

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
$31,147 - $74,468
$34,765 - $78,611
$32,681 - $124,740
$38,432 - $89,000
$25,849 - $60,000

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