Washington State University (WSU) Alumni Average Salary

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. Sports fans are drawn to this small-community school, but graduates tend to relocate to close-by cities for work, including Seattle, Wash., Richland, Wash., and Vancouver, Wash. This summary is derived from information given by WSU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Mechanical Engineer
43 salaries
Software Engineer
35 salaries
Project Engineer
32 salaries
Marketing Manager
30 salaries
Operations Manager
24 salaries
Account Executive
24 salaries
Electrical Engineer
22 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,418

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French Administration Building
Pullman, WA 99164-5910



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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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.

Degree Major

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.

Related Schools

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.

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Key Stats for Washington State University (WSU)


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$35,781 - $78,860
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