Portland State University (PSU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 23,000 people attend Portland State University, a institution based in Portland, Ore. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Portland State University (PSU) Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
29 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
18 salaries
Office Manager
16 salaries
Operations Manager
15 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
Account Manager
14 salaries
Marketing Manager
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,315

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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 health care industry, the high performance computing technology design 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. Graduates of PSU earn $57K on average.


Operations Managers win the contest for best-paid PSU alumni, making around $107K on average every year, though Software Engineers (about $80K) are not far behind. On the lower end, Design Engineers report making $64K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many PSU alumni (the greater part of) end up finding permanent jobs in Portland. It is no surprise that Beaverton, Ore., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $72K), is another of the most popular spots for former PSU students. On the other end, PSU grads flock to Seattle, Wash., which actually offers the weakest median salary of approximately $44K. Alumni express interest in Vancouver, Wash. and Hillsboro, Ore. as well.

Degree Major

Former Vikings who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and earn a median salary of $101K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Liberal Arts tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $32K per year.


Former Vikings with C++ Programming Language abilities can expect to make 84 percent more than their former classmates ($105K). Around an eighth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A little less than half of the survey participants earn paid vacation and paid sick time. A large number of grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. For this school, a large number of former students are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of alums 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.

Related Schools

University of North Dakota grads report the most similar salaries to PSU alums, earning around $58K on average. 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
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based on 5 votes.
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