Washington State University (WSU) Alumni Average Salary

Washington State University is a school located in Pullman, Wash. with around 23,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment. The school attracts plenty of sports fans to its small-town campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Seattle, Wash., Spokane, Wash., and Richland, Wash. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Account Manager
10 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Business Analyst, IT
8 salaries
Account Executive
8 salaries
Software Engineer
8 salaries
Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 613
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About This School

French Administration Building
Pullman, WA 99164-5910



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of WSU are found working in a number of different fields including the construction industry, the education industry, and the manufacturing industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the software development industry. WSU graduates see an average starting salary of $60K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $54K per year compared to men, who earn $69K.


Among WSU alumni, those working as Software Engineers report the highest median pay of about $81K, followed by Mechanical Engineers (approximately $75K), and Construction Project Managers ($72K). On the lower end, Account Executives report making $46K.


The most popular destination for former WSU students is Seattle, Wash. It is also not uncommon to find former WSU students living and working in Portland, Ore. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $65K. Home to the lowest median salary for WSU alumni is Vancouver, Wash., a popular place for former students despite its about $50K average paycheck. Other cities of interest among WSU alumni include nearby Spokane, Wash. and Richland, Wash.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) from WSU can rake in a whopping average around $108K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those with a B.A. in Business & Marketing face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $41K per year.


WSU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with nearly one in six 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 21 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($72K). Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of alums report contributing to a 401(k). Health benefits extend to a large number of respondents, and a strong majority of survey participants also receive dental coverage. Other benefits that Washington State University alumni receive are a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Oregon grads report the most similar salaries to WSU alums, earning $59K on average. The University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Oregon State University, and the University of Utah are also similar to WSU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1350 1700
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Washington State University (WSU)


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$35,271 - $72,911
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Job Satisfaction

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$39,634 - $87,020
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