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. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Wolfpacks!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

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Software Engineer
17 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
Project Engineer
11 salaries
Process Engineer
11 salaries
Software Developer
10 salaries
Civil Engineer
9 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 702
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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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Graduates of NC State work in a variety of sectors including the civil engineering services industry, the consulting industry, and the engineering services industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the software development industry. Those with a degree from NC State make an average of approximately $65K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks around $71K per year, but the second group takes home only $55K.


Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid NC State alumni, making about $84K on average every year, though Software Developers ($70K), and Electrical Engineers ($69K) are not far behind. Sliding in near the bottom are Project Engineers, who report earnings of $62K.


NC State students enjoy their time in Raleigh, and roughly one in three students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. 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 about $70K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with NC State alumni is Greensboro, N.C., which offers a median salary of $53K. Other popular cities for NC State alumni include nearby Durham, N.C. and Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

Former Wolfpacks who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and earn a median salary of $104K per year. An Associate's Degree is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $41K.


Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for former Wolfpacks — they earn 32 percent more than their fellow graduates. Nearly one in six grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Health insurance benefits extend to most former students, and a fair number of grads sign up for dental plans. 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

Among alumni of similar schools, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grads (who make an average of around $68K) earn salaries most similar to NC State alumni. 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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SAT Scores 1660 1930
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats for North Carolina State University (NCSU)


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