Portland State University (PSU) Alumni Average Salary

Portland State University, a school in Portland, Ore., has roughly 23,000 undergrads. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Vikings!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
30 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
18 salaries
Office Manager
17 salaries
Account Manager
16 salaries
Operations Manager
15 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
Marketing Manager
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,331

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About This School

724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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PSU alumni can most commonly be found in the engineering services industry, the health care services industry, and the consulting industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the software development industry. PSU graduates see an average starting salary of $57K.


Among PSU graduates, the biggest earners are Operations Managers, who haul in $107K on average. Next on the list are Software Engineers, bringing in close to about $80K. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Design Engineers — they bring in $64K.


Graduates of PSU seem to enjoy living in Portland, and a majority of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. It is no surprise that Beaverton, Ore., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is around $72K), is another of the most popular spots for former PSU students. Home to the lowest median salary for PSU alumni is Seattle, Wash., a popular place for former students despite its $44K average paycheck. Other cities of interest include Vancouver, Wash. and Hillsboro, Ore.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) leads to the highest pay for PSU grads (approximately $101K on average per year). Those with a B.A. in Liberal Arts face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average around $32K per year.


PSU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Office, and one-eighth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Former Vikings who have experience with C++ Programming Language can expect to make 83 percent more than other alumni (about $105K on average). Experience with Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just two-fifths of alumni for sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most grads are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of former students report dental coverage, too. Most survey participants save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Alumni of Portland State University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $59K for Wichita State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to PSU grads. The University of Montana, Idaho State University, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to PSU.

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Key Stats for Portland State University (PSU)


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$35,235 - $80,370
$37,000 - $82,424
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1-4 years
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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

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