Wichita State University Alumni Average Salary

Wichita State University, a school in Wichita, Kan., has roughly 12,000 undergrads. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Shockers!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the WSU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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20 Year Net ROI 

$211,000

Annual ROI 

5.9%

Total 4 Year Cost 

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Early Career Salary 

$59,800

Mid-Career Salary 

$87,900

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Wichita State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$33K$66K$99K
Aerospace Engineer
16 salaries
$77,103  
   
Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
$65,000  
Financial Analyst
12 salaries
$56,000  
Accountant
12 salaries
$51,001  
Physician Assistant (PA)
10 salaries
$98,750  
Design Engineer
9 salaries
$62,179  
Software Engineer
8 salaries
$79,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 806
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About This School

1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0124

11,670

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Industry

Graduates of WSU are found working in a number of different fields including the health care industry, the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry, and the aircraft manufacturing industry. The most popular field is the aerospace and defense industry. Those with a degree from WSU make an average of $62K.

Gender

There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $74K, but the median for the latter is only about $59K.

Jobs

WSU grads who become Aerospace Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average approximately $81K annually. However, Industrial Engineers and Mechanical Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $68K and around $66K, respectively). On the lower end, Marketing Specialists report making $45K.

Locations

WSU alumni like Wichita so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with a little more than half of grads staying on to find permanent employment. Houston, Texas is also a common destination for WSU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $107K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with WSU alumni is Midway, Utah, which offers a median salary of approximately $44K. Other common destinations include Kansas City, Mo. and Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $142K per year, former Shockers who have a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in Education is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of about $39K.

Skills

Former Shockers with Project Management abilities can expect to make 19 percent more than their former classmates ($73K). Microsoft Office is a popular skill among WSU alumni, with roughly one in five workers reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, slightly less than half of the respondents are compensated for vacation days, but only one in three grads can take paid time off due to illness. Health coverage is awarded to most survey participants, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of graduates as well. A large number of former students set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Other benefits that Wichita State University alumni receive are life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of Missouri grads report the most similar salaries to WSU alums, earning around $62K on average. Missouri University of Science and Technology, the University of Missouri-St Louis, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to WSU.

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Key Stats for Wichita State University

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %
Salary
$36,953 - $77,593
Salary
$41,145 - $94,926
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
$56,972 - $82,541
$82,750
$71,320
$64,000
$37,461 - $78,915
$43,500 - $84,200
$66,500 - $130,000

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