Graduates of WSU go into the education industry, the retail industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. 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. Median pay for those who graduated from WSU amounts to approximately $56K.
After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $52K per year compared to men, who earn $73K.
The most lucrative professionals among WSU alumni are IT Business Analysts; they earn a median annual salary of about $85K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $83K and $74K, respectively, are Senior Financial Analysts and Marketing Managers. Human Resources Generalists pick up around $46K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.
Many WSU grads end up living in Seattle, Wash., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Los Angeles, Calif. is also a common destination for WSU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $102K. On the other end, WSU grads flock to Vancouver, Wash., which actually offers the weakest median salary of approximately $49K. Portland, Ore. and Richland, Wash. are also desirable cities.
Financial compensation is highest for WSU grads with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) (average earnings climb to $162K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Communication — their annual income amounts to about $41K on average.
Slightly less than one-fifth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 54 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($86K). Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Construction Estimating are desirable skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to most alumni, and most respondents sign up for dental plans. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) program. Alumni of Washington State University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
University of California grads report the most similar salaries to WSU alums, earning $60K on average. Other schools similar to WSU include the University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon.