Average Salary for Washington State University (WSU) Alumni

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 (Go Cougars!) to its small-town campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Seattle, Wash., Spokane, Wash., and Richland, Wash. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Washington State University (WSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Software Engineer
10 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
10 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Account Manager
9 salaries
Account Executive
9 salaries
Marketing Manager
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 741
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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 go into the construction industry, the education industry, and the manufacturing industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular professional field seems to be the software development industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of WSU is $60K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $55K per year compared to men, who earn $69K.


The most lucrative professionals among WSU alumni are Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of about $81K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $75K and approximately $73K, respectively, are Mechanical Engineers and Construction Project Managers. Account Executives get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of around $46K in this job.


Many WSU grads end up living in Seattle, Wash., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. With a median salary of $82K, Tacoma, Wash. represents the highest-paid city popular among WSU grads. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with WSU alumni is Vancouver, Wash., which offers a median salary of about $50K. Other common destinations for WSU grads include close-by Spokane, Wash. and Portland, Ore.

Degree Major

Former Cougars who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) and earn a median salary of approximately $110K per year. Those holding a B.A. in Business & Marketing are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $42K on average per year.


Many former WSU students are familiar with Project Management, and about one in seven grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Former Cougars with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 24 percent more than other grads' salaries. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Health coverage is awarded to most respondents, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of former students as well. A large number of alums participate in a 401(k) program. Graduates of Washington State University are also recipients of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $60K for University of Oregon alumni, making their earnings most comparable to WSU grads. Other schools similar to WSU include the University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Oregon State University, and the University of Utah.

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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Washington State University (WSU)


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$35,123 - $73,988
$40,236 - $93,397
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.
$39,538 - $86,586
$33,229 - $73,698
$42,061 - $80,464
$37,100 - $81,778
$37,631 - $77,182

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