Wichita State University Alumni Average Salary

Wichita State University, a school in Wichita, Kan., has roughly 12,000 undergrads. 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. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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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 can most commonly be found in the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry, the aerospace engineering industry, and the aerospace and defense industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of WSU alumni wind up in the health care industry. WSU graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $55K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $50K per year compared to men, who earn $63K.


WSU grads who become Aerospace Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $81K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Business Analysts and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach around $73K and about $65K, respectively. Accountants pick up $44K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many WSU alumni remain in Wichita after graduation; slightly more than half of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. Houston, Texas is another hot spot for WSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $115K). On the far end of the pay scale, WSU alumni often reside in Midway, Utah, which is home to the lowest pay at about $44K.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid WSU alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Industrial Engineering (IE) — they earn close to $105K on average per year. Those with a Master of Arts (MA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $37K per year.


WSU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Office, with slightly less than a third of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Shockers with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 28 percent more than other grads' salaries. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

The larger part of former students earn paid vacation and paid sick time. Most alumni save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Dental insurance applies to most survey participants, and most graduates report health coverage. Additional perks enjoyed by Wichita State University grads include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Missouri pick up average paychecks of $55K, which is closest to the amount made by WSU grads among similar schools. The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to WSU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
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* SAT writing score is not included.
937 1212
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats for Wichita State University


43 %
57 %
$36,470 - $62,120
$43,042 - $85,177

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 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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