Iowa State University Alumni Average Salary

Attending Iowa State University, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Ames, Iowa, and it is ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Cyclones!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. This report is based on the answers of ISU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Iowa State University Median Salary by Job


Mechanical Engineer
88 profiles

Software Engineer
63 profiles

Project Engineer
51 profiles

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Civil Engineer
30 profiles

Software Developer
29 profiles

Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
28 profiles

Design Engineer
27 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,521
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About This School

1750 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2103


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

71 %

31 %

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Graduates of ISU work in a variety of sectors including software as a service (SAAS) development, the architectural and engineering services industry, and the education industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the agriculture industry. Graduates of ISU earn $66K on average.


Male graduates of ISU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $74K versus $50K for women.


Among ISU alumni, those working as Information Technology Managers report the highest median pay of approximately $126K, followed by Software Engineers ($82K), and Project Engineers (around $70K). On the lower end, Marketing Specialists report making about $34K.


Home to a large number of ISU alums, Des Moines, Iowa is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Another city that attracts a wealth of ISU grads is Kansas City, Mo.; given its high compensation ($115K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other end, ISU grads flock to West Des Moines, Iowa, which actually offers the weakest median salary of approximately $36K. Minneapolis, Minn. is also a common pick among ISU grads, along with Ames, Iowa.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $145K per year, former Cyclones who have a Bachelor of Engineering in Construction Engineering are the best paid among the alumni population. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Event Management face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average around $32K per year.


Former Cyclones with People Management abilities can expect to make nearly double their former classmates (about $125K). Proficiency in Project Management is common among ISU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, slightly less than one-fifth of former students report doing so. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, the larger part of grads are compensated for vacation days, but only one in three grads can take paid time off due to illness. Nearly all grads report contributing to a 401(k). Almost all alumni have medical plans, and most respondents have dental insurance. Iowa State University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Michigan State University grads bring in salaries of around $66K, making them the most similar to ISU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Iowa, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are also similar to ISU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
960 1260
ACT Scores 22 28

Key Stats for Iowa State University


34 %
66 %
$32,973 - $78,617
$40,089 - $100,648

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Minneapolis Grain Exchange
$30,913 - $75,000
$57,461 - $117,500
$56,000 - $125,115
$32,000 - $62,000

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