Washington State University (WSU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 23,000 undergrads attend Washington State University, a school in Pullman, Wash.. The school sits in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment. This small-town school with athletic appeal is the stomping ground for many students who go on to live in nearby cities, including Seattle, Wash., Richland, Wash., and Vancouver, Wash. This report is based on the responses of WSU graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Washington State University (WSU) Alumni

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Mechanical Engineer
44 salaries
Software Engineer
37 salaries
Project Engineer
35 salaries
Marketing Manager
29 salaries
Electrical Engineer
24 salaries
Account Executive
23 salaries
Financial Analyst
23 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,410

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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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WSU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the retail industry, the consulting industry, and the banking industry. A large chunk of former WSU students are employed in the software development industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. The average salary for a grad from WSU is $57K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $53K per year compared to men, who earn about $74K.


Marketing Directors win the contest for best-paid WSU alumni, making approximately $105K on average every year, though Veterinarians ($101K), and IT Business Analysts (around $85K) are not far behind. Human Resources Generalists pick up $46K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Seattle, Wash. is a hot spot for WSU alum. Richland, Wash. is another hot spot for WSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $89K). Spokane, Wash. is a popular spot for former WSU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $47K. Neighboring Vancouver, Wash. is another common pick among WSU grads, along with Portland, Ore.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) from WSU can rake in a whopping average approximately $159K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Communication — their annual income amounts to about $41K on average.


Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Cougars — they earn 51 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among WSU alumni, with just under one-fifth of grads reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Financial Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in three grads receive sick leave. For this school, a large number of former students are the recipients of health benefits, and a large number of survey participants pick up dental plans, too. A large number of grads opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Washington State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of California grads (who make an average of $60K) earn salaries most similar to WSU alumni. The University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon are also similar to WSU.

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Key Stats for Washington State University (WSU)


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