Average Salary for Portland State University (PSU) Alumni

Portland State University is a university based in Portland, Ore. that is home to around 23,000 undergraduates. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Portland State University (PSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Structural Engineer
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Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Staff Accountant
5 salaries
Operations Manager
5 salaries
Executive Assistant
5 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 504

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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 software development industry, the education industry, and the engineering services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular career sector among alumni is the manufacturing industry. Following graduation, PSU students earn an average of around $54K.


PSU grads who become Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $114K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Operations Managers; their salaries approach $80K and $75K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Executive Assistants who make an average of approximately $42K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many PSU alumni (the greater part of) end up finding permanent jobs in Portland. PSU grads also flock to Hillsboro, Ore., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $80K). On the other hand, PSU alumni who end up in Salem, Ore. receive the lowest median salary of $48K. In addition, grads flock to Seattle, Wash. as well as Beaverton, Ore.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid PSU alumni are those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration — they earn close to $105K on average per year. A Bachelor of Science in Communication offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $43K).


PSU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with about one in seven grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 32 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $71K). Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

A little less than half of the alums report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in three grads are paid for sick leave. Most grads participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. It is no small feat that most respondents are given health coverage, and a fair number of former students accept dental insurance. 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

Alumni of University of Montana pick up average paychecks of $54K, 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.

Test Scores

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Key Stats for Portland State University (PSU)


48 %
52 %
$34,472 - $73,177
$40,207 - $83,739
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 168 votes.
$69,867 - $106,932
$44,300 - $92,200
$36,849 - $74,125
$32,438 - $72,306
$27,800 - $70,062
$35,880 - $104,498
$32,438 - $54,045

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