Average Salary for Washington State University (WSU) Alumni

Combining good value and great education, Washington State University is ranked in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Pullman, Wash. This small-town school is a magnet for sports enthusiasts, though many students relocate to larger cities — Seattle, Wash., Spokane, Wash., and Richland, Wash. are among the top picks — after graduation. The figures in this overview come from the responses of WSU grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

243
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

93
out of 408
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

63
out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

$46,800
Washington State University (WSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$28K$56K$84K
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
$75,103  
   
Software Engineer
10 salaries
$81,350  
Project Engineer
9 salaries
$55,719  
Account Manager
9 salaries
$51,011  
Account Executive
9 salaries
$45,775  
Marketing Manager
8 salaries
$59,000  
Project Manager, Construction
8 salaries
$71,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 678
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About This School

French Administration Building
Pullman, WA 99164-5910

admission.wsu.edu/

23,070

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

65 %

14 %

76 %

32 %


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Industry

Graduates of WSU work in a variety of sectors including the education industry, the construction industry, and the manufacturing industry. Among WSU grads, the software development industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average starting salary for a graduate of WSU is $60K.

Gender

Male graduates of WSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $69K versus $54K for women.

Jobs

Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid WSU alumni, making about $81K on average every year, though Mechanical Engineers (approximately $75K), and Construction Project Managers (around $72K) are not far behind. Salaries are anything but generous for Account Executives, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $46K.

Locations

Many WSU grads end up living in Seattle, Wash., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. The top-paying city popular with WSU alumni is Richland, Wash., which offers a median salary of about $65K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with WSU alumni is Vancouver, Wash., which offers a median salary of $50K. Graduates of WSU also relocate to Spokane, Wash., which is not far away, and Portland, Ore.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) will compensate WSU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $110K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Business & Marketing tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average around $41K per year.

Skills

Project Management is a common skill among WSU alumni — nearly one-seventh of grads mention using it at work. Former Cougars with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 23 percent more than other grads' salaries. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of respondents have medical plans, and a strong majority of survey participants have dental insurance. Most respondents allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Washington State University alumni are also on the receiving end 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. 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)

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %
Salary
$35,202 - $73,269
Salary
$40,316 - $93,718

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.
$39,427 - $86,320
$33,051 - $75,000
$42,437 - $78,388
$36,600 - $78,417
$37,631 - $77,182

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