Average Salary for Wichita State University Alumni

Around 12,000 people attend Wichita State University, a institution based in Wichita, Kan. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Shockers!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The data in this summary come from WSU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Wichita State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Industrial Engineer
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
5 salaries
Executive Director
4 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Electrical Engineer
4 salaries
Aerospace Engineer
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 285
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About This School

1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0124


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of WSU work in a variety of sectors including the health care industry, the aircraft manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing industry. A large chunk of former WSU students are employed in the aerospace and defense industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Those with a degree from WSU make an average of approximately $59K.


Executive Directors win the contest for best-paid WSU alumni, making $97K on average every year, though Physician Assistants ($91K), and Senior Mechanical Engineers ($83K) are not far behind. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Industrial Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $60K.


WSU alumni seem to appreciate living in Wichita, and over one-half of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. It is no surprise that Houston, Texas, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is around $94K), is another of the most popular spots for former WSU students. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with WSU alumni is Denver, Colo., which offers a median salary of $55K. Dallas, Texas and Kansas City, Mo. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

WSU grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Industrial Engineering (IE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average about $93K per year. Graduates holding a B.A. in Communication fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $45K.


Many former WSU students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and around a seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. For former Shockers, proficiency in Financial Reporting warrants a paycheck that is 45 percent more than other alumni salaries. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly less than half of the survey participants do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of survey participants receive health insurance, and a strong majority of alums get dental coverage. A fair number of alumni set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Wichita State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

University of South Dakota grads report the most similar salaries to WSU alums, earning $61K on average. Other schools similar to WSU include the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Missouri-St Louis.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
937 1212
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats for Wichita State University


50 %
50 %
$33,423 - $76,314
$39,724 - $91,002
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 87 votes.
$55,750 - $80,511
$56,928 - $85,500
$35,369 - $71,060
$45,250 - $96,816
$27,181 - $83,492
$41,712 - $122,829
$40,000 - $118,390

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