Portland State University (PSU) Alumni Average Salary

Portland State University is a university based in Portland, Ore. that is home to around 23,000 undergraduates. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Vikings!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. This summary is derived from information given by PSU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Portland State University (PSU) School Alumni

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Software Engineer
3 salaries
Design Engineer
2 salaries
General / Operations Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Jun 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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About This School

724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of PSU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the web development industry, the health care industry, and the high performance computing technology design industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of PSU alumni wind up in the software development industry. Those with an education from PSU earn an average of $57K.


PSU grads who become Operations Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average around $107K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers — their salaries approach $80K. Design Engineers pick up $64K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Upon earning their degrees, many PSU grads prefer to remain in Portland; in fact, the larger part of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. It is no surprise that Houston, Texas, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is approximately $79K), 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 about $44K. Alumni express interest in Vancouver, Wash. and Beaverton, Ore. as well.

Degree Major

PSU students with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration can expect to make the most money ($108K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those holding a B.A. in Liberal Arts are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $34K on average per year.


C# Programming Language commands a pay premium of 63 percent for former Vikings. PSU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and roughly a seventh of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about two-fifths of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of survey participants opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health benefits extend to most graduates, and a fair number of grads also receive dental coverage. Portland State University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Wichita State University grads bring in salaries of around around $57K, 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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$35,000 - $80,817
$36,752 - $78,617

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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