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Average Salary for Wichita State University Alumni

Wichita State University, a public research school in Wichita, Kan., has roughly 12,000 undergrads. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank
458
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities
171
out of 420
Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School
293
out of 445
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Typical Early Career Salary
$42,300
Wichita State University Alumni
Median Salary by Job
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Physician Assistant (PA)
9 salaries
$93,476  
   
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
$67,407  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
$77,500  
Senior Accountant
8 salaries
$52,300  
Industrial Engineer
6 salaries
$59,700  
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
$50,050  
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
$82,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 452
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Wichita State University Details

Address:

1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0124

Students Enrolled:

12,066

Categories:

State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

41 %

% STEM:

13 %

% Stay In State:

70 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

36 %
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Industry

The aerospace and defense industry, the aircraft manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which WSU grads find work. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average salary for a grad from WSU is $59K.

Gender

In the WSU alumni community, men make a median salary of about $70K compared to their female counterparts, who earn around $58K.

Jobs

Among WSU alumni, those working as Physician Assistants report the highest median pay of $93K, followed by Electrical Engineers ($82K), and Senior Mechanical Engineers ($78K). Financial Analysts wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning approximately $50K.

Locations

When it comes to compensation, Wichita brings up the rear (median pay is $59K); however, over one-half of WSU alumni still choose not to leave this city. On the opposite end of the pay scale is Houston, a top-paying city for WSU grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of about $102K). Alumni express interest in Kansas City and Denver as well.

Employers

Bombardier is the top-paying employer among WSU graduates with an average salary of $63K. By comparison, earnings are fairly low at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, where the median salary is around $50K.

Degree Major

WSU grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $106K per year. Those holding a B.A. in Communication are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in approximately $35K per year.

Skills

Close to a seventh of WSU grads wind up using Microsoft Excel at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. For former Shockers, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 18 percent more than other alumni salaries. Experience with Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just two-fifths of alumni report compensation for sick days and only one in three grads get vacation time. Most grads plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Health benefits extend to a fair portion of graduates, and a fair portion of alums also receive dental coverage. Other benefits awarded to Wichita State University alumni include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a company-subsidized cell phone, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

University of South Dakota grads report the most similar salaries to WSU alums, earning $56K on average. The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Missouri-St Louis are also similar to WSU.

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Test Scores
Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores* 885 1160
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats

Gender

Female

51 %

female alumni

Male

49 %

male alumni
Salary
$33,122 - $74,158
Salary
$39,849 - $91,215

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Job Satisfaction


Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 votes.

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