Wichita State University Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Wichita, Kan., Wichita State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 12,000. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Shockers!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Wichita State University Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Aerospace Engineer
17 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
12 salaries
Financial Analyst
12 salaries
Physical Therapist (PT)
9 salaries
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Physician Assistant (PA)
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 759

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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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and IT services. A large chunk of former WSU students are employed in the health care industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Those with an education from WSU earn an average of $56K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of about $50K whereas the men's median is around $64K.


Among WSU graduates, the biggest earners are Aerospace Engineers, who haul in $81K on average. Next on the list are Business Analysts and Mechanical Engineers, bringing in $73K and $65K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Accountants who make an average of approximately $44K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many WSU alumni (a little more than half of) end up finding permanent jobs in Wichita. WSU grads also flock to Houston, Texas, which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $115K). WSU alumni in Midway, Utah can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at approximately $44K.

Degree Major

WSU students with a Master of Science (MS), Industrial Engineering (IE) can expect to make the most money ($105K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A Master of Arts (MA) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of around $37K.


Former Shockers with Project Management abilities can expect to make 27 percent more than their former classmates ($71K). Microsoft Office is a popular skill among WSU alumni, with just under a third of workers reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly more than half of the respondents enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time. Most graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. A large number of alums receive health insurance, and most alums get dental coverage. Wichita State University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Missouri grads (who make an average of about $55K) earn salaries most similar to WSU alumni. The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to WSU.

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Key Stats for Wichita State University


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$36,470 - $62,120
$43,191 - $86,805

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$38,619 - $73,250

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