Average Salary for Southeast Missouri State University Alumni

Around 11,000 people attend Southeast Missouri State University, a institution based in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Sports fans are drawn to this small-community school, but graduates tend to relocate to close-by cities for work, including St. Louis, Mo., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Sikeston, Mo. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Southeast Missouri State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Family Nurse Practitioner (NP)
3 salaries
Graphic Designer
2 salaries
Office Manager
2 salaries
Restaurant Manager
2 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
2 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
2 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Director
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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About This School

One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701



State School, For Sports Fans

49 %

12 %

75 %

40 %

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Graduates of Southeast Missouri are found working in a number of different fields including the manufacturing industry, the banking industry, and the education industry. The majority of Southeast Missouri alumni wind up in the health care industry. Southeast Missouri graduates see an average starting salary of about $51K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $46K on average compared to $65K for male graduates.


Southeast Missouri grads who become Information Technology Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $114K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Regional Sales Managers and Family Nurse Practitioners; their salaries approach $85K and approximately $81K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are High School Teachers who make an average of around $30K.


St. Louis, Mo. is filled with Southeast Missouri grads. In addition, former Southeast Missouri students often head to Plano, Texas after graduating, where the median salary comes to $83K in this top-paying city. Southeast Missouri alumni in San Antonio, Texas can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $40K. Graduates of Southeast Missouri also relocate to Cape Girardeau, Mo., which is not far away, and Sikeston, Mo.

Degree Major

Former Redhawks who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) and earn a median salary of approximately $107K per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in General Studies are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $30K on average per year.


Former Redhawks with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 69 percent more than other grads' salaries. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among Southeast Missouri alumni, with less than ten percent of grads reporting using it on the job. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Operations Management.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, half of the survey participants are compensated for vacation days, but only one in three grads can take paid time off due to illness. Dental insurance applies to a majority of alums, and most graduates report health coverage. To plan for old age, most alumni maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Southeast Missouri State University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Missouri State University grads report the most similar salaries to Southeast Missouri alums, earning around $49K on average. Murray State University, the University of Southern Indiana, and Austin Peay State University are also similar to Southeast Missouri.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
895 1150
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for Southeast Missouri State University


49 %
51 %
$30,363 - $75,487
$30,632 - $86,650
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 43 votes.

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