Central Washington University (CWU) Alumni Average Salary

Combining good value and great education, Central Washington University is ranked in the top 30 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Ellensburg, Wash. Replies from former CWU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Central Washington University (CWU) Median Salary by Job


Financial Controller
17 profiles

Project Engineer
14 profiles

Staff Accountant
14 profiles

United States (change)

Senior Accountant
11 profiles

Operations Manager
11 profiles

Mechanical Engineer
10 profiles

Software Engineer
9 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 865
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About This School

400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501

Central Washington University



State School

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CWU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the consulting industry, the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry, and the software development industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is public K-12 education. For CWU alumni, high SAT scores do not correlate to high-paying positions in the workforce. Graduates of CWU earn $48K on average.


The CWU alumni who make the most are Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $71K.


Home to a large number of CWU alums, Ellensburg, Wash. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Seattle, Wash. is also a common destination for CWU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $60K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among CWU grads is Kent, Wash. (median compensation is around $56K).

Degree Major

A Bachelor's Degree, Accounting will compensate CWU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $92K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $47K per year.


One-seventh of grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Wildcats — they earn 63 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Accounting, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Some graduates are faced with an attractive benefits package; a majority of respondents are paid for both vacation time and sick days. A strong majority of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A strong majority of graduates enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of alumni receive dental plans, too. Additional benefits handed to Central Washington University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $49K for Montana State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to CWU grads. Western Oregon University, Humboldt State University, and Minot State University are also similar to CWU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1260 1600
ACT Scores 17 25

Key Stats for Central Washington University (CWU)


47 %
53 %
$20,444 - $90,355
$33,772 - $70,192

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$38,619 - $67,796

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