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Average Salary for Southeast Missouri State University Alumni

Founded in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Southeast Missouri State University is an institution of higher learning for around 10,000 students. This synopsis is derived from the responses of former Southeast Missouri students who took PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

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.
Information Technology (IT) Director
3 salaries
Family Nurse Practitioner (NP)
3 salaries
Restaurant Manager
3 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
2 salaries
Graphic Designer
2 salaries
Software Engineer
2 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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Southeast Missouri State University Details

One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


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Graduates of Southeast Missouri go into the health care industry, the manufacturing industry, and the education industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the banking industry. For Southeast Missouri alumni, high SAT scores do not correlate to high-paying positions in the workforce. Following graduation, Southeast Missouri students earn an average of $48K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of about $46K per year compared to men, who earn $63K.


Former Southeast Missouri students with an interest in making money consider becoming Information Technology Directors, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to $159K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Family Nurse Practitioners (around $81K) and Software Engineers ($76K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Graphic Designers; alumni in this role face average salaries of approximately $46K.


Many Southeast Missouri students are St. Louis-bound following college. With a median salary of $68K, Springfield represents the highest-paid city popular among Southeast Missouri grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Southeast Missouri grads is Kansas City (median compensation is approximately $39K). Nearby Cape Girardeau and Sikeston also rank high on the list of cities for Southeast Missouri grads.

Degree Major

A graduate with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) from Southeast Missouri can rake in a whopping around $145K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Bachelor of Science in General Studies is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $30K.


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among Southeast Missouri alumni, with about one in ten workers reporting using it on the job. For former Redhawks, proficiency in Operations Management warrants a paycheck that is 56 percent more than other alumni salaries. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, roughly half of the survey participants are compensated for vacation days, but only one-third of alumni can take paid time off due to illness. A strong majority of respondents have medical plans, and a majority of the survey participants have dental insurance. A strong majority of grads allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Alumni of Southeast Missouri State University also take in life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Austin Peay State University pick up average paychecks of $48K, which is closest to the amount made by Southeast Missouri grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to Southeast Missouri include Murray State University, the University of Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
865 1175
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats

50 %
50 %
$30,940 - $76,373
$30,726 - $85,319
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
$32,746 - $85,843
$27,182 - $48,853
$43,374 - $170,000

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