Average Salary for Portland State University (PSU) Alumni

Nestled away in Portland, Ore., Portland State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 23,000. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Vikings!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The data for this synopsis comes from former PSU students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Portland State University (PSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Structural Engineer
7 salaries
Executive Assistant
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Staff Accountant
4 salaries
Software Developer
4 salaries
Electrical Engineer
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 434
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About This School

724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the software development industry, the engineering services industry, and the health care industry are popular business areas among PSU alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the manufacturing industry. Former PSU graduates bring in about $53K on average.


In the PSU alumni professional community, Software Engineers make the highest median pay ($94K), though Electrical Engineers ($78K), and Operations Managers (approximately $75K) are close competitors. Salaries are anything but generous for Executive Assistants, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $42K.


Graduates of PSU seem to enjoy living in Portland, and the larger part of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. Another city that attracts a wealth of PSU grads is Hillsboro, Ore.; given its high compensation (around $77K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Though Salem, Ore. takes the cake for lowest pay among PSU grads (the median salary is $49K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other cities of interest among PSU alumni include nearby Beaverton, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid PSU alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) — they earn close to $104K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in English Language & Literature are the lowest of the pack, earning $40K.


Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Vikings — they earn 33 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among PSU alumni, with approximately one-sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly more than two-fifths of former students report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in three grads are paid for sick leave. Most alums set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most alumni are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of graduates report dental coverage, too. Portland State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Nevada grads (who make an average of approximately $55K) earn salaries most similar to PSU alumni. 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)


47 %
53 %
$34,883 - $73,623
$40,538 - $84,731
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 129 votes.
$69,622 - $109,075
$44,300 - $92,200
$37,908 - $75,958
$32,000 - $72,962
$20,608 - $70,469
$35,508 - $106,585
$27,175 - $71,216

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