Average Salary for Missouri State University (MSU) Alumni

Around 18,000 people attend Missouri State University, a institution based in Springfield, Mo. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Bears!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Missouri State University (MSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Staff Accountant
7 salaries
Executive Assistant
5 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
4 salaries
Marketing Director
4 salaries
Software Engineer
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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About This School

901 S National
Springfield, MO 65897


State School, For Sports Fans

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Former MO State students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health care industry, the banking industry, and the software development industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the manufacturing industry. MO State students do not advance into high-paying positions after graduation despite their impressive SAT results. The average salary for a grad from MO State is $46K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $43K on average compared to $53K for male graduates.


Among MO State graduates, the biggest earners are Construction Project Managers and Software Engineers, who haul in about $63K on average. Executive Assistants do well for themselves as well, making around $47K. Staff Accountants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $37K.


Springfield, Mo. keeps the largest number of MO State grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation (approximately $40K). MO State alumni in search of the largest paycheck, on the other hand, will find it in Seattle, Wash. where $80K is the average pay. MO State grads often wind up in the Midwest as well — Kansas City and Chicago in particular.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of around $100K per year, former Bears who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting & Finance are the best paid among the alumni population. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Psychology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $33K on average per year.


MO State alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with one-eighth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Knowledge of Data Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 38 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($63K). Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Approximately half of the alumni can rely on paid vacation days, but just one-third of alumni have the luxury of paid sick time. For this school, most former students are the recipients of health benefits, and more than half of respondents pick up dental plans, too. A large number of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Alumni of Missouri State University also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Northeastern State University grads is approximately $51K, making their salaries most similar to those of MO State grads. Other schools similar to MO State include Pittsburg State University, Southeast Missouri State University, and the University of Central Missouri.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
950 1220
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats for Missouri State University (MSU)


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$30,945 - $58,871
$33,815 - $71,358

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
$30,619 - $54,680
$35,508 - $70,893
$30,767 - $73,946
$33,221 - $66,129

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