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.

Read More

College ROI Report


20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 


Total 4 Year Cost 


Compare to Other Schools

College Salary Report


Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 


Compare to Other Graduate Schools

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
115 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
62 salaries
Project Engineer
56 salaries
Electrical Engineer
54 salaries
Process Engineer
54 salaries
Civil Engineer
46 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
41 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 6 Dec 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,147
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

About This School

2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27695-7001


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

74 %

41 %

71 %

21 %

Freebase CC-BY Source: Freebase, licensed under CC-BY; IPEDS (As of January, 2015)


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.


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.


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.


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.

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Key Stats for North Carolina State University (NCSU)


30 %
70 %
$31,609 - $82,877
$42,104 - $94,985
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 15 votes.
$38,739 - $86,916
$30,639 - $91,189
$47,166 - $67,841
$45,500 - $88,950

More Charts for North Carolina State University (NCSU)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »
United States (change)

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Salary and career advice to put you a step ahead.
newsletter icon


Recent Blog Posts on Career News

Want to Get More Specific? Get a Salary Report Customized for YOU

Tell us about your current job and your skillset, and we’ll let you know how much employers are paying in your area.