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Average Salary for Washington State University (WSU) Alumni

Combining good value and great education, Washington State University, a public research university based in Pullman, Wash., is ranked in the top 19 percent of universities by ROI. This small-town school with athletic appeal is the stomping ground for many students who go on to live in nearby cities, including Seattle, Portland, and Spokane. The data in this summary come from WSU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities
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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School
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Washington State University (WSU) Alumni
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Mechanical Engineer
21 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
20 salaries
Project Engineer
15 salaries
Account Executive
14 salaries
Software Engineer
14 salaries
Design Architect
11 salaries
Financial Controller
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,332
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Washington State University (WSU) Details


French Administration Building
Pullman, WA 99164-5910


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State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

67 %


14 %

% Stay In State:

74 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

33 %
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WSU alumni can most commonly be found in the construction industry, the health care industry, and the education industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. 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. Those with an education from WSU earn an average of $61K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of approximately $54K per year compared to men, who earn about $68K.


WSU grads who become Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $75K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Construction Project Managers and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach $71K and around $70K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Staff Accountants, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $42K.


Seattle is a hub for WSU graduates — a large number call this city home. WSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Richland, which offers median salaries of around $66K. Many former Cougars can't resist staying in Pullman after graduating despite the median salaries there ranking lowest among popular cities (about $48K). Portland and Spokane also rank high on the list of cities.


Typical salaries reach $105K at Microsoft Corp, where former WSU students can easily make the most money. One of the lowest-paying employers is Projectline Services, where employees earn $44K on average.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) from WSU can rake in a whopping approximately $115K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those holding a B.A. in Business & Marketing are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $41K per year.


For former Cougars, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 37 percent more than other alumni salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among WSU alumni, with approximately one in seven grads reporting using it on the job. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of alums participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health coverage is awarded to the greater part of grads, and dental insurance is issued to a fair portion of graduates as well. Additional perks enjoyed by Washington State University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

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

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SAT Scores 1380 1720
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats



43 %

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57 %

male alumni
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