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Average Salary for North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than North Carolina State University at Raleigh, a public research university based in Raleigh, N.C., that is ranked in the top 8 percent of universities by ROI. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Wolfpacks!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
30 salaries
Software Developer
24 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
22 salaries
Process Engineer
20 salaries
Civil Engineer
18 salaries
Electrical Engineer
17 salaries
Project Engineer
16 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,270

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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 can most commonly be found in the civil engineering services industry, the consulting industry, and the engineering services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular career sector among alumni is the software development industry. Graduates of NC State typically earn $66K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $55K per year compared to men, who earn $72K.


NC State grads who become Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in $78K annually. However, Electrical Engineers and Software Developers also rank as top-earners (bringing in around $69K each). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Civil Engineers, making an average of about $57K.


NC State alumni do not feel the need to relocate after graduation, and one in three grads find stable employment in Raleigh. The top-paying city popular with NC State alumni is Charlotte, which offers median salaries of approximately $70K. Though Wilmington takes the cake for lowest pay among NC State grads (the median salary is $58K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other cities of interest among NC State alumni include nearby Durham and Cary.


Microsoft Corp offers the most generous salaries to NC State grads at $125K. One of the lowest-paying employers is North Carolina State University (NCSU), where employees earn around $39K on average.

Degree Major

NC State grads who hold a Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning about $94K per year. An Associate's Degree offers the lowest annual financial reward ($42K).


NC State grads are usually competent in Project Management, and one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. For former Wolfpacks, proficiency in Java warrants a paycheck that is 17 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. A solid majority of respondents allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health benefits extend to a strong majority of alumni, and a fair portion of alums also receive dental coverage. Graduates of North Carolina State University at Raleigh are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University pick up average paychecks of $66K, which is closest to the amount made by NC State grads among similar schools. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 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 1660 1930
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats for North Carolina State University (NCSU)


30 %
70 %
$33,908 - $74,413
$42,096 - $95,447
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 478 votes.
$60,363 - $99,641
$48,322 - $123,948
$42,826 - $93,500
$82,373 - $90,718
$35,668 - $83,161
$40,738 - $90,846
$40,460 - $80,217
$36,123 - $86,714
$37,506 - $83,992

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