Average Salary for North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

Around 25,000 undergrads attend North Carolina State University at Raleigh, a school in Raleigh, N.C.. The school sits in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Wolfpacks!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
27 salaries
Software Developer
22 salaries
Process Engineer
17 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
17 salaries
Project Engineer
15 salaries
Electrical Engineer
14 salaries
Civil Engineer
14 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,123

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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 education industry, and the engineering services industry. A large chunk of former NC State students are employed in the software development industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Median pay for those who graduated from NC State amounts to about $66K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is around $72K, but the median for the latter is only $56K.


In the NC State alumni professional community, Software Engineers make the highest median pay ($84K), though Software Developers (approximately $71K), and Electrical Engineers ($70K) are close competitors. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Civil Engineers who make an average of $62K.


Graduates of NC State seem to enjoy living in Raleigh, and about one in three grads wind up living and working there after graduation. NC State grads also flock to Atlanta, Ga., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $71K). On the far end of the pay scale, NC State alumni often reside in Wilmington, N.C., which is home to the lowest pay at $55K. Graduates of NC State also relocate to Charlotte, N.C., which is not far away, and Durham, N.C.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for NC State grads with a Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) (average earnings climb to $98K per year). An Associate's Degree offers the lowest median annual financial reward (approximately $41K).


Proficiency in Project Management is common among NC State alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, one-sixth of former students report doing so. Java commands a pay premium of 25 percent for former Wolfpacks. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of former students, and a strong majority of graduates sign up for dental plans. A large number of respondents report contributing to a 401(k). Other benefits that North Carolina State University at Raleigh alumni receive are 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 around $68K on average, make a similar amount to NC State grads. The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of South Carolina-Columbia are also similar to NC State.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1660 1930
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats for North Carolina State University (NCSU)


29 %
71 %
$33,836 - $72,888
$41,673 - $96,298
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 276 votes.
$30,639 - $101,138
$43,229 - $102,000
$71,550 - $100,500
$63,300 - $91,233
$36,078 - $83,605
$40,668 - $91,100
$37,750 - $81,413
$44,219 - $91,894
$34,465 - $87,280

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