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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Washington State University (WSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Software Engineer
10 salaries
Project Engineer
9 salaries
Account Manager
9 salaries
Account Executive
9 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
8 salaries
Marketing Manager
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 700
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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 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.


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


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.


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.


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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SAT Scores 1350 1700
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Washington State University (WSU)


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Job Satisfaction

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