Mississippi State University (MSU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 16,000 people attend Mississippi State University, a institution based in Mississippi State, Miss. The school attracts plenty of sports fans (Go Bulldogs!) to its rural campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Memphis, Tenn., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Denver, Colo. The data for this snapshot was collected from MSU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Mississippi State University (MSU) Median Salary by Job


Mechanical Engineer
24 profiles

Project Engineer
20 profiles

Civil Engineer
19 profiles

United States (change)

16 profiles

Electrical Engineer
16 profiles

Software Engineer
13 profiles

Structural Engineer
12 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,036
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About This School

Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762



Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

60 %

27 %

39 %

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MSU alumni can most commonly be found in the health care industry, the health care services industry, and the automotive manufacturing industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular career sector among alumni is the health insurance industry. Former MSU graduates bring in $64K on average.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in about $70K after graduating from MSU, the average woman earns only approximately $58K.


The MSU alumni who make the most are Manufacturing Engineers; they report a median pay of around $74K. Landscape Architects and Senior Graphic Designers draw in a fair amount as well — $60K. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Intern Architects; alumni in this role face average salaries of $36K.


Many MSU grads flock to Memphis, Tenn. Another city that attracts a wealth of MSU grads is Atlanta, Ga.; given its high compensation ($117K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. MSU alumni in Denver, Colo. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $47K. Colorado Springs, Colo. is also a common pick among MSU grads, along with Jackson, Miss.

Degree Major

Former Bulldogs who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS) and earn a median salary of $90K per year. A Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (approximately $37K).


Project Management is a common skill among MSU alumni — around a sixth of grads mention using it at work. Competency in Operations Management translates into above-average pay for former Bulldogs — they earn 25 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Autodesk AutoCAD command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-third of alumni, respectively). In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of alums contribute to a 401(k). Health benefits extend to a large number of former students, and more than half of respondents also receive dental coverage. Mississippi State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus grads bring in salaries of around $62K, making them the most similar to MSU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to MSU include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Georgia State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
960 1260
ACT Scores 21 29

Key Stats for Mississippi State University (MSU)


35 %
65 %
$32,355 - $62,445
$37,235 - $97,377

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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