Average Salary for North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

Attending North Carolina State University at Raleigh, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Raleigh, N.C., and it is ranked in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Wolfpacks!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Software Engineer
27 salaries
Software Developer
19 salaries
Process Engineer
16 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
Project Engineer
14 salaries
Civil Engineer
13 salaries
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,050
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About This School

2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27695-7001


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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NC State alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the civil engineering services industry, the consulting industry, and the engineering services industry. Among NC State grads, the software development industry is a commonly chosen career field. Median pay for those who graduated from NC State amounts to $66K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is about $72K, but the median for the latter is only $55K.


The most generous salaries among NC State alumni are reportedly earned by Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to $84K, followed by Electrical Engineers and Software Developers at $70K. Project Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning approximately $63K.


Graduates of NC State seem to enjoy living in Raleigh, and approximately one in three grads wind up living and working there after graduation. It is also not uncommon to find former NC State students living and working in Charlotte, N.C. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of around $71K. Home to the lowest median salary for NC State alumni is Wilmington, N.C., a popular place for former students despite its $55K average paycheck. Other popular cities for NC State alumni include nearby Durham, N.C. and Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of approximately $100K per year, former Wolfpacks who have a Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. An Associate's Degree commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of about $41K.


Project Management is a common skill among NC State alumni — just under a fifth of grads mention using it at work. Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for former Wolfpacks — they earn 31 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). Most grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of alumni, and a strong majority of alumni sign up for dental plans. Other benefits awarded to North Carolina State University at Raleigh alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduates, who earn $68K on average, make a similar amount to NC State grads. Other schools similar to NC State include the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

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Test Scores

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SAT Scores 1660 1930
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats for North Carolina State University (NCSU)


29 %
71 %
$32,980 - $71,391
$41,426 - $96,365
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.
$79,500 - $100,509
$43,229 - $102,000
$63,300 - $91,233
$35,564 - $83,172
$41,662 - $89,822
$37,404 - $75,476
$44,042 - $93,013
$33,451 - $85,633

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