Missouri State University (MSU) Alumni Average Salary

Missouri State University, a school in Springfield, Mo., has roughly 18,000 undergrads. 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. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Operations Manager
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Project Engineer
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Software Engineer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 784

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901 S National
Springfield, MO 65897


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Graduates of MO State work in a variety of sectors including the construction industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the retail corporate office industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is IT services. Curiously, the high SAT results reported by MO State alumni do not result in top-paid positions in the workforce — in fact, this group brings home rather low salaries. Those with a degree from MO State make an average of $49K.


Men might be more likely to graduate from this school than women, given the 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio of survey respondents. There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is approximately $62K, but the median for the latter is only about $48K.


The most lucrative professionals among MO State alumni are Senior Financial Analysts; they earn a median annual salary of around $74K. Also nearing the top of the pay scale at $42K are Information Technology Support Technicians. Sliding in near the bottom are Staff Accountants, who report earnings of $36K.


Roughly a fourth of MO State students choose to remain in Springfield, Mo. after graduation, where the average salary is actually the lowest at $50K. By comparison, the top-paying city popular with MO State alumni is St. Louis, Mo., which offers a median salary of $64K.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of approximately $75K per year, former Bears who have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS / BApS), Finance is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $37K.


Proficiency in Microsoft Office is common among MO State alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, one in five former students report doing so. For former Bears, proficiency in SQL warrants a paycheck that is 40 percent more than other alumni salaries. Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, half of the alums are compensated for vacation days, but only one in three grads can take paid time off due to illness. A large number of graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. For this school, a large number of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of grads pick up dental plans, too. Missouri State University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $49K for University of Central Arkansas alumni, making their earnings most comparable to MO State grads. Pittsburg State University, Northeastern State University, and Southeast Missouri State University are also similar to MO State.

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Key Stats for Missouri State University (MSU)


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$37,800 - $66,000
$37,403 - $77,535

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$50,868 - $67,075
$35,937 - $70,589
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