Washington State University (WSU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 23,000 undergrads attend Washington State University, a school in Pullman, Wash.. The school sits in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports fans searching for a small-town experience can find the best of both worlds at this school; however, students tend to move on to neighboring cities like Seattle, Wash., Vancouver, Wash., and Richland, Wash. after graduation. The data in this summary come from WSU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Mechanical Engineer
49 salaries
Software Engineer
36 salaries
Project Engineer
34 salaries
Marketing Manager
27 salaries
Account Executive
24 salaries
Electrical Engineer
23 salaries
Financial Analyst
23 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,387

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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the education industry, the retail industry, and the engineering services industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the software development industry. Following graduation, WSU students earn an average of approximately $58K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $54K whereas the men's median is $75K.


WSU grads who become Marketing Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $105K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Developers and IT Business Analysts; their salaries approach $88K and about $85K, respectively. Human Resources Generalists pick up around $46K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


The most popular destination for former WSU students is Seattle, Wash. Richland, Wash. is another hot spot for WSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $89K). Spokane, Wash. is a popular spot for former WSU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $47K. Other cities of interest among WSU alumni include nearby Vancouver, Wash. and Portland, Ore.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) earns WSU students the most money after college (an average $159K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Communication are the lowest of the pack, earning around $41K.


Former Cougars with Process Improvement abilities can expect to make 49 percent more than their former classmates ($86K). WSU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and just under one-fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in four survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most former students receive dental plans, too. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Alumni of Washington State University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages approximately $60K for University of California alumni, making their earnings most comparable to WSU grads. The University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon are also similar to WSU.

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Key Stats for Washington State University (WSU)


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$35,844 - $76,492
$41,147 - $97,848
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Rated 5 out of 5
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$38,588 - $87,833
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$73,698 - $106,823
$40,500 - $68,000

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