OSU alumni can most commonly be found in the banking industry, the architectural services industry, and the school district industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular career sector among alumni is the engineering services industry. Those with an education from OSU earn an average of around $65K.
A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only approximately $50K on average compared to $66K for male graduates.
Former OSU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Veterinarians, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $106K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Electrical Engineers ($97K) and Process Engineers ($77K). Marketing Directors get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of about $36K in this job.
Tulsa, Okla. is filled with OSU grads. OSU grads also flock to Philadelphia, Pa., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $111K). On the other hand, OSU alumni who end up in Oklahoma City, Okla. receive the lowest median salary of $51K. Dallas, Texas and Stillwater, Okla. are popular choices as well.
A Master of Science (MS) will compensate OSU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $108K on average per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in approximately $45K on average per year.
OSU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with just under one-fifth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Windows Operating System General Use commands a pay premium of 10 percent for former Cowboys. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. Health benefits extend to a large number of grads, and a strong majority of graduates also receive dental coverage. Most respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Oklahoma State University alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Alumni of University of Texas at Arlington pick up average paychecks of $65K, which is closest to the amount made by OSU grads among similar schools. The University of North Texas, Kansas State University, and the University of Memphis are also similar to OSU.