Wichita State University Alumni Average Salary

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 responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Aerospace Engineer
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Industrial Engineer
4 salaries
Electrical Engineer
3 salaries
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
Executive Director
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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About This School

1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0124


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former WSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health care industry, the aircraft manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing industry. The majority of WSU alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. Those with an education from WSU earn an average of $59K.


WSU grads who become Executive Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $97K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Physician Assistants and Electrical Engineers; their salaries approach about $84K and around $73K, respectively. Payroll Administrators get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $38K in this job.


Though Wichita, Kan. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $58K), slightly more than half of WSU students continue living here after college. Houston, Texas is on the other end of the salary spectrum, offering top-notch pay and a median salary of approximately $94K; it's no wonder that WSU grads are attracted to this city. Kansas City, Mo. is also a common pick among WSU grads, along with Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid WSU alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) — they earn close to around $121K on average per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $38K.


For former Shockers, proficiency in Financial Reporting warrants a paycheck that is 39 percent more than other alumni salaries. WSU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with approximately one in seven grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Competency in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for roughly half of the alums, but only two-fifths of alumni are rewarded with paid sick leave. A fair number of survey participants opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of alums, and a strong majority of alums report health coverage. Additional benefits handed to Wichita State University alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

University of South Dakota graduates, who earn approximately $63K on average, make a similar amount to WSU grads. 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
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* SAT writing score is not included.
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ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats for Wichita State University


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$34,281 - $75,621
$39,547 - $92,065
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 75 votes.
$55,750 - $80,511
$56,928 - $85,500
$36,062 - $70,358
$43,081 - $95,714
$40,000 - $84,200
$41,712 - $122,829
$46,800 - $120,498

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