Average Salary for Southwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni

Nestled away in Weatherford, Okla., Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 4,000. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Southwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni

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About This School

100 Campus Dr
Weatherford, OK 73096-3098



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Former SWOSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the banking industry, clinical care, and the health care industry. The retail pharmacy or drugstore industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. On the other end of the spectrum is the manufacturing industry, which attracts less than five percent of SWOSU alumni. Median pay for those who graduated from SWOSU amounts to $51K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $37K on average compared to around $79K for male graduates.


The most lucrative professionals among SWOSU alumni are Pharmacists; they earn a median annual salary of about $107K. Also nearing the top of the pay scale at approximately $57K are Human Resources Managers. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Purchasing Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $50K.


Home to a large number of SWOSU alums, Oklahoma City, Okla. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. SWOSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Houston, Texas, which offers a median salary of $109K. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Weatherford at around $39K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Southwestern Oklahoma State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Nearby Clinton, Okla. and Dallas, Texas also rank high on the list of cities for SWOSU grads.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for SWOSU grads (approximately $129K on average per year). Those with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average about $50K per year.


SWOSU alumni are often well versed in Customer Service, with approximately one-tenth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. For former Bulldogs, proficiency in Operations Management warrants a paycheck that is 136 percent more than other alumni salaries. Budget Management, Microsoft Excel, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in four survey participants, respectively). A strong majority of alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a fair number of survey participants, and a majority of the survey participants sign up for dental plans. Southwestern Oklahoma State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of Henderson State University pick up average paychecks of $53K, which is closest to the amount made by SWOSU grads among similar schools. Midwestern State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are also similar to SWOSU.

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Key Stats for Southwestern Oklahoma State University


59 %
41 %
$25,710 - $65,000
$40,658 - $114,163
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 17 votes.

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