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Average Salary for North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

Positioned in the top 8 percent of universities by ROI, North Carolina State University at Raleigh — a public research school in Raleigh, N.C., with around 25,000 undergraduate students — gives families an outstanding long-term payout. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Wolfpacks!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The data for this synopsis comes from former NC State students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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

National Salary Data (?
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Software Engineer
46 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
31 salaries
Process Engineer
26 salaries
Project Engineer
25 salaries
Software Developer
24 salaries
Civil Engineer
22 salaries
Electrical Engineer
22 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,664
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North Carolina State University (NCSU) Details

2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27695-7001


State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of NC State go into the civil engineering services industry, the consulting industry, and the engineering services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular professional field seems to be the software development industry. Those with an education from NC State earn an average of $66K.


Male graduates of NC State out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $72K versus $56K for women.


Among NC State alumni, those working as Software Engineers report the highest median pay of around $78K, followed by Electrical Engineers ($70K), and Software Developers (approximately $69K). Sliding in near the bottom are Civil Engineers, who report earnings of $58K.


NC State alumni do not feel the need to relocate after graduation, and roughly one in three grads find stable employment in Raleigh. Cary is also a common destination for NC State grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $70K. NC State alumni in Wilmington can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $58K. Graduates of NC State also relocate to Charlotte, which is not far away, and Durham.


For above-average pay, former NC State students find their way to Microsoft Corp — the company offers unbeatable salaries at $125K. Salaries are anything but high at North Carolina State University (NCSU), though, where average pay is $39K.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid NC State alumni are those with a Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) — they earn close to around $94K per year. Graduates holding an Associate's Degree fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of $42K.


Knowledge of C seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 29 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $86K). Project Management is a common skill among NC State alumni — nearly one in six grads mention using it at work. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in four survey participants, respectively). Dental insurance applies to a fair portion of alums, and the greater part of grads report health coverage. A solid majority of graduates plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Additional benefits handed to North Carolina State University at Raleigh alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grads is $67K, making their salaries most similar to those of NC State grads. 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 1600 1890
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats

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Less than 1 year
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