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Average Salary for Wichita State University Alumni

Around 12,000 people attend Wichita State University, a public research institution based in Wichita, Kan. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

Wichita State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Senior Accountant
7 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
7 salaries
Industrial Engineer
6 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
Aerospace Engineer
4 salaries
Executive Director
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343

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About This School

1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0124


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The health care industry, the aircraft manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which WSU grads find work. The majority of WSU alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. WSU graduates see an estimated starting salary of $59K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is about $70K, but the median for the latter is only approximately $58K.


The most lucrative professionals among WSU alumni are Physician Assistants; they earn a median annual salary of $93K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at around $78K and $67K are Senior Mechanical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Financial Analysts — they bring in $50K.


Despite handing out the worst average salary ($58K), Wichita holds on to its WSU student population, and slightly more than half of grads continue to reside in the city. On the flipside, WSU grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in Houston where median pay is $102K. Graduates also relocate to Kansas City and Denver.


Typical salaries reach around $63K at Bombardier, where former WSU students can easily make the most money. The school itself is home to some of the lowest pay, with employees earning an average of approximately $50K.

Degree Major

Former Shockers who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) and earn $106K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design — their annual income amounts to $31K on average.


Many former WSU students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and nearly one-eighth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 18 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $70K). Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. Most respondents save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Most grads receive health insurance, and most former students get dental coverage. Additional perks enjoyed by Wichita State University grads include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a company-subsidized cell phone, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Missouri grads (who make an average of $60K) earn salaries most similar to WSU alumni. Missouri University of Science and Technology, the University of Missouri-St Louis, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to WSU.

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


52 %
48 %
$33,854 - $74,576
$40,047 - $90,957
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 172 votes.
$46,963 - $78,642
$59,450 - $85,500
$44,451 - $63,462
$34,000 - $56,222
$45,446 - $81,805
$34,942 - $69,898
$46,978 - $102,360
$27,369 - $85,662
$32,718 - $118,227
$48,322 - $133,497

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