Graduates of WSU are found working in a number of different fields including the retail industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the education industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the software development industry. Those with a degree from WSU make an average of $57K.
After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $75K per year compared to females' about $53K.
Among WSU alumni, those working as Marketing Directors report the highest median pay of $105K, followed by Veterinarians (approximately $101K), and IT Business Analysts (around $85K). On the lower end, Human Resources Generalists report making $46K.
Seattle, Wash. is a hub for WSU graduates — a large number call this city home. Richland, Wash. is also a common destination for WSU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $89K. On the other end, WSU grads flock to Vancouver, Wash., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $49K. Portland, Ore. is also a common pick among WSU grads, along with Spokane, Wash.
WSU grads who hold a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $162K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Communication ($41K on average annually).
Former Cougars with Project Management abilities can expect to make 53 percent more than their former classmates (about $86K). Project Management is a popular skill among WSU alumni, with slightly less than a fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. A large number of former students set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Most respondents receive health insurance, and a large number of alums get dental coverage. Washington State University grads also enjoy benefits like 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 approximately $60K on average. Other schools similar to WSU include the University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon.