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 with athletic appeal is the stomping ground for many students who go on to live in nearby cities, including Seattle, Wash., Spokane, Wash., and Portland, Ore. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Washington State University (WSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
13 salaries
Account Executive
11 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Software Engineer
10 salaries
Marketing Manager
9 salaries
Account Manager
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 849

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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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WSU alumni can most commonly be found in the construction industry, the education industry, and the architectural services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular field is the software development industry. The average salary for a grad from WSU is $61K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $69K after graduating from WSU, the average woman earns only about $55K.


Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid WSU alumni, making approximately $80K on average every year, though Construction Project Managers (around $78K), and Mechanical Engineers ($76K) are not far behind. Account Executives wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $47K.


The most popular destination for former WSU students is Seattle, Wash. WSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Richland, Wash., which offers a median salary of $70K. On the other hand, WSU alumni who end up in Vancouver, Wash. receive the lowest median salary of about $50K. Other common destinations for WSU grads include close-by Spokane, Wash. and Portland, Ore.

Degree Major

Former Cougars who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) and earn a median salary of $108K per year. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Business & Marketing are the lowest of the pack, earning $42K.


Former Cougars who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 43 percent more than other alumni (approximately $87K on average). WSU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and close to a seventh of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in three grads, respectively). It is no small feat that a large number of graduates are given health coverage, and a fair number of alums accept dental insurance. Most survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Other benefits that Washington State University alumni receive are a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of California grads report the most similar salaries to WSU alums, earning around $60K on average. The University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon are also similar to WSU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1350 1700
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Washington State University (WSU)


43 %
57 %
$35,269 - $74,427
$40,314 - $92,397
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.
$39,754 - $86,563
$33,297 - $73,698
$39,267 - $84,931
$38,443 - $76,192
$48,930 - $85,298

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