North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni Average Salary

North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a school located in Raleigh, N.C. with around 25,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Wolfpacks!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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College ROI Report

130th

20 Year Net ROI 

$499,000

Annual ROI 

10.3%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$85,200

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College Salary Report

106th

Early Career Salary 

$65,000

Mid-Career Salary 

$129,000

% High Meaning 

N/A

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North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
115 salaries
$87,663  
   
Mechanical Engineer
62 salaries
$69,235  
Project Engineer
56 salaries
$62,821  
Electrical Engineer
54 salaries
$66,947  
Process Engineer
54 salaries
$68,478  
Civil Engineer
46 salaries
$62,500  
Senior Software Engineer
41 salaries
$110,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 6 Dec 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,147
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About This School

2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27695-7001

24,536

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Industry

The civil engineering services industry, the engineering services industry, and the construction industry are just a few of the areas in which NC State grads find work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the manufacturing industry. Those with a degree from NC State make an average of about $70K.

Jobs

NC State grads who become Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $93K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Project Engineers and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach around $84K and $74K, respectively. Communications Specialists pick up $44K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

Rather than relocating after graduation, many NC State alumni (just under a third of) end up finding permanent jobs in Raleigh. It is no surprise that Chicago, Ill., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $82K), is another of the most popular spots for former NC State students. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by NC State alumni is Charleston, S.C., where earnings average approximately $58K. Graduates of NC State also relocate to Charlotte, N.C., which is not far away, and Durham, N.C.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid NC State alumni are those with a Master's Degree — they earn close to $118K on average per year. A Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Engineering is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $46K.

Skills

NC State alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Wolfpacks who have experience with People Management can expect to make 39 percent more than other alumni ($98K on average). Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Close to half of the alumni report receiving paid vacation days, but just one-third of alumni are paid for sick leave. Most survey participants have medical plans, and a fair number of graduates have dental insurance. A large number of respondents take advantage of a 401(k) plan. 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 flexible hours.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads (who make an average of $69K) earn salaries most similar to NC State alumni. Other schools similar to NC State include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

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Key Stats for North Carolina State University (NCSU)

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %
Salary
$31,609 - $82,877
Salary
$42,104 - $94,985
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
$38,739 - $86,916
$30,639 - $91,189
$47,166 - $67,841
$45,500 - $88,950

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