Average Salary for North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

Ranked in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment, North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a university based in Raleigh, N.C., and it's home to around 25,000 undergraduates. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Wolfpacks!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

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Software Engineer
22 salaries
Software Developer
17 salaries
Process Engineer
16 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Project Engineer
12 salaries
Civil Engineer
12 salaries
Electrical Engineer
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 900
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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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Professionally, the civil engineering services industry, the consulting industry, and the engineering services industry are popular business areas among NC State alumni. The software development industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Following graduation, NC State students earn an average of $66K.


In the NC State alumni community, men make a median salary of about $72K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $55K.


NC State grads who become Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making approximately $85K on average yearly. Also notably well-paid are Electrical Engineers and Software Developers; their salaries approach around $70K. On the lower end, Project Engineers report making $63K.


Upon earning their degrees, many NC State grads prefer to remain in Raleigh; in fact, nearly one-third of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. Charlotte, N.C. is another hot spot for NC State grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $70K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by NC State alumni is Wilmington, N.C., where earnings average $55K. Nearby Durham, N.C. is also a top pick for NC State grads, as is Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) will compensate NC State grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $99K on average per year. A B.A. in Sociology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of about $38K.


Java commands a pay premium of 31 percent for former Wolfpacks. NC State alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with just under one-fifth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of alumni are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of grads report dental coverage, too. A large number of alums plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. North Carolina State University at Raleigh alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grads report the most similar salaries to NC State alums, earning around $68K on average. The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of South Carolina-Columbia are also similar to NC State.

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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)


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