PSU alumni can most commonly be found in the web development industry, the health care industry, and the high performance computing technology design industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the software development industry. Those with an education from PSU earn an average of $57K.
Operations Managers win the contest for best-paid PSU alumni, making approximately $107K on average every year, though Software Engineers (around $80K) are not far behind. Design Engineers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $64K.
PSU alumni seem to appreciate living in Portland, and a majority of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. Houston, Texas is another hot spot for PSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to about $79K). Home to the lowest median salary for PSU alumni is Seattle, Wash., a popular place for former students despite its $44K average paycheck. Graduates also relocate to Vancouver, Wash. and Beaverton, Ore.
With a median annual earnings of $108K per year, former Vikings who have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in Liberal Arts offers the lowest median annual financial reward (approximately $34K).
C# Programming Language commands a pay premium of 64 percent for former Vikings. Approximately one-eighth of PSU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just two-fifths of alumni get paid sick time. Most former students opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. For this school, most grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of grads pick up dental plans, too. Additional perks enjoyed by Portland State University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.
Alumni of University of Montana pick up average paychecks of $57K, which is closest to the amount made by PSU grads among similar schools. Idaho State University, the University of Colorado Denver, and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas are also similar to PSU.