Average Salary for North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

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. 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 based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
27 salaries
Software Developer
22 salaries
Process Engineer
17 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
17 salaries
Project Engineer
16 salaries
Civil Engineer
15 salaries
Electrical Engineer
14 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,153

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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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Former NC State students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the civil engineering services industry, the consulting industry, and the education industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the software development industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of NC State is $67K.


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


In the NC State alumni professional community, Software Engineers make the highest median pay (about $84K), though Electrical Engineers and Software Developers (both at around $70K) are close competitors. Sliding in near the bottom are Civil Engineers, who report earnings of $63K.


Raleigh is a popular place for NC State students to settle after graduation, and nearly one in three grads find steadfast employment in the city. The top-paying city popular with NC State alumni is Atlanta, Ga., which offers a median salary of $73K. Home to the lowest median salary for NC State alumni is Wilmington, N.C., a popular place for former students despite its around $55K average paycheck. Nearby Charlotte, N.C. is also a top pick for NC State grads, as is Durham, N.C.

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 an average $96K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with an Associate's Degree tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $41K per year.


NC State alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with nearly one in six grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 26 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($84K). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.

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-fourth of alumni, respectively). A large number of alums allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. A large number of graduates receive health insurance, and a fair number of survey participants get dental coverage. Graduates of North Carolina State University at Raleigh are also recipients of 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 approximately $68K) earn salaries most similar to NC State alumni. Other schools similar to NC State include the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1660 1930
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats for North Carolina State University (NCSU)


29 %
71 %
$33,967 - $73,665
$41,685 - $95,956
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 292 votes.
$30,639 - $101,138
$43,229 - $102,000
$71,550 - $100,500
$79,550 - $86,629
$36,035 - $83,643
$40,738 - $91,882
$38,273 - $80,343
$44,544 - $94,035
$34,584 - $86,890

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