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Average Salary for Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus Alumni

Ranked in the top 25 percent of universities by return on investment, Oklahoma State University is a university based in Stillwater, Okla., and it's home to around 21,000 undergraduates. The school attracts plenty of sports fans to its small-town campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Tulsa, Okla., Oklahoma City, Okla., and Dallas, Texas. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the OSU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
Project Engineer
11 salaries
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Design Engineer
8 salaries
Electrical Engineer
7 salaries
7 salaries
Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 828

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About This School

107 Whitehurst
Stillwater, OK 74078-1015

Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University (OSU)


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former OSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the manufacturing industry, the banking industry, and the oil and gas field services industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the oil and gas exploration industry. The average salary for a grad from OSU is $63K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $69K per year compared to females' about $54K.


Former OSU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $94K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Design Engineers (around $71K) and Project Engineers ($68K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Accountants who make an average of approximately $52K.


Many OSU grads end up living in Tulsa, Okla., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Austin, Texas is another hot spot for OSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $81K). Relative to other popular cities, Stillwater ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is about $45K); however, Oklahoma State University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. In addition, OSU grads flock to neighboring Oklahoma City, Okla. as well as Dallas, Texas.

Degree Major

OSU grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Telecommunications Management can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average around $100K per year. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $36K per year.


Former Cowboys who have experience with Project Management can expect to make 24 percent more than other alumni ($78K on average). About one in seven grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. In addition, those who are savvy in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. To plan for old age, a large number of respondents maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of graduates are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of grads report dental coverage, too. Additional benefits handed to Oklahoma State University alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $63K for Kansas State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to OSU grads. Other schools similar to OSU include the University of North Texas, the University of Memphis, and Texas Tech University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1010 1220
ACT Scores 22 28

Key Stats for Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus


36 %
64 %
$34,549 - $70,150
$39,178 - $92,590
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 212 votes.
$37,486 - $78,611
$33,807 - $70,673
$36,895 - $91,110
$51,825 - $111,406
$34,128 - $51,591

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