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Average Salary for Wichita State University Alumni

Wichita State University, a public research school in Wichita, Kan., has roughly 12,000 undergrads. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Physician Assistant (PA)
9 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Senior Accountant
8 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Industrial Engineer
6 salaries
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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Wichita State University Details

1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0124


State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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The aerospace and defense industry, the aircraft manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which WSU grads find work. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average salary for a grad from WSU is $59K.


In the WSU alumni community, men make a median salary of about $70K compared to their female counterparts, who earn around $58K.


Among WSU alumni, those working as Physician Assistants report the highest median pay of $93K, followed by Electrical Engineers ($82K), and Senior Mechanical Engineers ($78K). Financial Analysts wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning approximately $50K.


When it comes to compensation, Wichita brings up the rear (median pay is $59K); however, over one-half of WSU alumni still choose not to leave this city. On the opposite end of the pay scale is Houston, a top-paying city for WSU grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of about $102K). Alumni express interest in Kansas City and Denver as well.


Bombardier is the top-paying employer among WSU graduates with an average salary of $63K. By comparison, earnings are fairly low at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, where the median salary is around $50K.

Degree Major

WSU grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $106K per year. Those holding a B.A. in Communication are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in approximately $35K per year.


Close to a seventh of WSU grads wind up using Microsoft Excel at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. For former Shockers, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 18 percent more than other alumni salaries. Experience with Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just two-fifths of alumni report compensation for sick days and only one in three grads get vacation time. Most grads plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Health benefits extend to a fair portion of graduates, and a fair portion of alums also receive dental coverage. Other benefits awarded to Wichita State University alumni include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a company-subsidized cell phone, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

University of South Dakota grads report the most similar salaries to WSU alums, earning $56K 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.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
885 1160
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats

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