North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni Average Salary

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. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
109 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
70 salaries
Project Engineer
57 salaries
Process Engineer
54 salaries
Electrical Engineer
54 salaries
Civil Engineer
41 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
36 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,069

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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 manufacturing industry, the engineering services industry, and the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The civil engineering services industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Median pay for those who graduated from NC State amounts to $70K.


The NC State alumni who make the most are Research & Development Managers; they report a median pay of $116K. Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — approximately $93K and $74K, respectively. Structural Engineers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $52K in this job.


NC State students enjoy their time in Raleigh, and just under a third of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. Raleigh-durham, N.C. is also a common destination for NC State grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $115K. On the far end of the pay scale, NC State alumni often reside in Charleston, S.C., which is home to the lowest pay at about $58K. Neighboring Charlotte, N.C. is another common pick among NC State grads, along with Durham, N.C.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Paper Science will compensate NC State grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $118K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Engineering — their annual income amounts to $46K on average.


Former Wolfpacks with People Management abilities can expect to make 24 percent more than their former classmates (about $86K). NC State grads are usually competent in Project Management, and close to one-fourth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. In addition, those who are savvy in Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Although approximately half of the respondents are compensated for vacation days, only one-third of alumni are paid for sick time. To plan for old age, a large number of former students maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to most grads, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of grads as well. Alumni of North Carolina State University at Raleigh also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads bring in salaries of around $70K, making them the most similar to NC State alumni in terms of earnings. 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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