Average Salary for Missouri State University (MSU) Alumni

Missouri State University is a university based in Springfield, Mo. that is home to around 18,000 undergraduates. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Bears!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Missouri State University (MSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Staff Accountant
7 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
6 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Executive Assistant
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
4 salaries
Marketing Director
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 285
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About This School

901 S National
Springfield, MO 65897


State School, For Sports Fans

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MO State alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the health care industry, the banking industry, and the software development industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the manufacturing industry. Salaries are quite modest for MO State alumni, inconsistent with the impressive SAT results reported by this group. Those with a degree from MO State make an average of $46K.


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


In the MO State alumni professional community, Construction Project Managers and Software Engineers make the highest median pay (about $63K). Close runners up are Art Directors (approximately $48K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Staff Accountants; alumni in this role face average salaries of $37K.


Though Springfield, Mo. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at around $41K), just under one in three MO State students continue living here after college. MO State grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in Seattle, Wash. — pay averages to $80K. Graduates of MO State also relocate to Kansas City, Mo., which is not far away, and Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid MO State alumni are those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting & Finance — they earn close to around $100K on average per year. A Bachelor of Science in Psychology offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($33K).


Microsoft Office is a common skill among MO State alumni — nearly one in eight grads mention using it at work. Competency in Data Analysis translates into above-average pay for former Bears — they earn 41 percent more than their fellow graduates. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Approximately half of the graduates report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in four survey participants are paid for sick leave. Most alumni have medical plans, and the larger part of respondents have dental insurance. Most survey participants take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Missouri State University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Northeastern State University grads bring in salaries of around about $51K, making them the most similar to MO State alumni in terms of earnings. Pittsburg State University, Southeast Missouri State University, and the University of Central Missouri are also similar to MO State.

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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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$30,793 - $58,661
$33,709 - $70,834
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1-4 years
5-9 years
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20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

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