Portland State University (PSU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 23,000 people attend Portland State University, a institution based in Portland, Ore. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Vikings!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Software Engineer
7 salaries
Design Engineer
4 salaries
Executive Assistant
4 salaries
Structural Engineer
4 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
3 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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About This School

724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former PSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the manufacturing industry, the education industry, and the health care industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the software development industry. Starting salaries of $54K are the median among PSU grads.


PSU grads who become Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $117K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers; their salaries approach approximately $106K and $78K, respectively. On the lower end, Executive Assistants report making about $42K.


PSU alumni like Portland so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with the larger part of grads staying on to find permanent employment. With a median salary of around $85K, Hillsboro, Ore. represents the highest-paid city popular among PSU grads. Salem, Ore. is a popular spot for former PSU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $49K. Seattle, Wash. is also a top pick, as is Vancouver, Wash.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) earns PSU students the most money after college (an average $106K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management (HRM) are the lowest of the pack, earning $36K.


Project Management is a common skill among PSU alumni — nearly one in six grads mention using it at work. Project Management commands a pay premium of 34 percent for former Vikings. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just under half of the alums are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick leave. A large number of alums have medical plans, and a fair number of respondents have dental insurance. To plan for old age, most survey participants maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Portland State University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Northern Arizona University grads bring in salaries of around approximately $55K, making them the most similar to PSU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to PSU include the University of Montana, Idaho State University, and the University of Colorado Denver.

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Key Stats for Portland State University (PSU)


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$35,303 - $74,417
$40,152 - $85,325
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
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$69,622 - $109,075
$44,300 - $92,200
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