Average Salary for Wichita State University Alumni

Wichita State University is a university based in Wichita, Kan. that is home to around 12,000 undergraduates. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Shockers!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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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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Physician Assistant (PA)
7 salaries
Senior Accountant
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Industrial Engineer
6 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
Executive Director
4 salaries
Electrical Engineer
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321

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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the health care industry, the aircraft manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular field is the aerospace and defense industry. Those with an education from WSU earn an average of $58K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of about $58K whereas the men's median is around $71K.


The biggest paychecks among WSU alumni are earned by Executive Directors — these former students make a median salary of $97K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Physician Assistants (approximately $94K) and Senior Mechanical Engineers ($85K). Senior Accountants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $52K.


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. The top-paying city popular with WSU alumni is Houston, Texas, which offers a median salary of $107K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with WSU alumni is Denver, Colo., which offers a median salary of $55K. Alumni express interest in Dallas, Texas and Kansas City, Mo. as well.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) earns WSU students the most money after college (an average around $121K per year). A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $44K.


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among WSU alumni, with nearly one in eight workers reporting using it on the job. Former Shockers with Financial Reporting experience garner salaries that are 35 percent more than other grads' salaries. Experience with Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Although slightly more than two-fifths of respondents are compensated for vacation days, only one in three grads are paid for sick time. A fair number of grads receive health insurance, and a fair number of alums get dental coverage. A fair number of former students save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. 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

University of South Dakota grads bring in salaries of around $60K, making them the most similar to WSU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Missouri-St Louis 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


49 %
51 %
$33,261 - $76,803
$39,901 - $92,670
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 109 votes.
$35,059 - $69,622
$45,250 - $96,816
$27,181 - $83,492
$41,712 - $122,829
$40,000 - $118,390

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