Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni Average Salary

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 Memphis, Tenn., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Houston, Texas. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Mechanical Engineer
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Project Engineer
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Civil Engineer
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Software Engineer
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Process Engineer
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Electrical Engineer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,027

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Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former MSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health insurance industry, the health care services industry, and the architectural services industry. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Former MSU graduates bring in around $63K on average.


Former MSU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Manufacturing Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to approximately $74K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Landscape Architects and Senior Graphic Designers ($60K each). Salaries are anything but generous for Intern Architects, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at about $36K.


Memphis, Tenn. is a hot spot for MSU alum. MSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Birmingham, Ala., which offers a median salary of $89K. Houston, Texas is a popular spot for former MSU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $44K. In addition, grads flock to Colorado Springs, Colo. as well as Dallas, Texas.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS) leads to the highest pay for MSU grads ($90K on average per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) are the lowest of the pack, earning around $37K.


Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is common among MSU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, close to one-sixth of former students report doing so. Former Bulldogs with Operations Management abilities can expect to make 28 percent more than their former classmates ($80K). Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Adobe Photoshop.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. For this school, most grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of the survey participants pick up dental plans, too. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of alumni contribute to a 401(k). Mississippi State University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Oklahoma Norman Campus grads is about $62K, 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.

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$33,547 - $63,116
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