Professionally, the consulting industry, the retail industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development are popular business areas among WSU alumni. The software development industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with a degree from WSU make an average of $59K.
There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $72K after graduating from WSU, the average woman earns only around $53K.
WSU grads who become IT Business Analysts garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $85K annually. However, Senior Financial Analysts and Marketing Managers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $83K and $74K, respectively). Sliding in near the bottom are Human Resources Generalists, who report earnings of approximately $46K.
Seattle, Wash. is a hub for WSU graduates — a large number call this city home. WSU grads also flock to Los Angeles, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $102K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by WSU alumni is Vancouver, Wash., where earnings average around $49K. Graduates also relocate to Portland, Ore. and Richland, Wash.
A graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) from WSU can rake in a whopping average $162K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A B.A. in Communication is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $41K.
Just under one in five WSU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Knowledge of SQL seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 48 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($86K). Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis also warrants excellent remuneration.
Benefits and Perks
Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one-third of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health benefits extend to a large number of grads, and most alumni also receive dental coverage. Graduates of Washington State University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
University of California graduates, who earn $60K on average, make a similar amount to WSU grads. Other schools similar to WSU include the University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon.