Wichita State University Alumni Average Salary

Wichita State University, a school in Wichita, Kan., has roughly 12,000 undergrads. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Shockers!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. Replies from former WSU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Wichita State University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
4 salaries
Aerospace Engineer
4 salaries
Executive Director
4 salaries
Industrial Engineer
4 salaries
Electrical Engineer
4 salaries
Operations Manager
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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About This School

1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0124


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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WSU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the health care industry, the aircraft manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing industry. Among WSU grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. Those with an education from WSU earn an average of $58K.


The most lucrative professionals among WSU alumni are Executive Directors; they earn a median annual salary of $97K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $91K and $73K, respectively, are Physician Assistants and Electrical Engineers. Sliding in near the bottom are Financial Analysts, who report earnings of around $48K.


Infamous for its meager salaries (average pay is the lowest at approximately $59K), just over a half of WSU students still call Wichita, Kan. their home after graduation. On the other hand, WSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Houston, Texas, which offers a median salary of about $94K. Other common destinations include Kansas City, Mo. and Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Industrial Engineering (IE) earns WSU students the most money after college (an average $93K per year). An Associate's Degree commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of around $40K.


Financial Reporting commands a pay premium of 45 percent for former Shockers. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among WSU alumni, with close to a seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. Competency in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; just under half of the alums get vacation time, whereas just one in three grads get paid sick leave. A fair number of alums take advantage of a 401(k) plan. For this school, a strong majority of alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of alumni pick up dental plans, too. Additional perks enjoyed by Wichita State University grads include 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 $60K 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*
* SAT writing score is not included.
937 1212
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats for Wichita State University


50 %
50 %
$33,849 - $76,149
$39,443 - $91,623
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 80 votes.
$55,750 - $80,511
$56,928 - $85,500
$35,819 - $71,484
$43,405 - $100,229
$40,000 - $84,200
$41,712 - $122,829
$39,305 - $119,477

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