Around 19,000 people attend Mississippi State University, a institution based in Mississippi State, Miss. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Mississippi State University (MSU) Median Salary by Job



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  • Updated: 18 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,982
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About This School

Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of MSU go into the banking industry, the engineering services industry, and the architectural services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. The average salary for a grad from MSU is around $60K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of approximately $52K per year compared to men, who earn $65K.


The most generous salaries among MSU alumni are reportedly earned by Process Engineers, whose median earnings come to about $76K, followed by Veterinarians ($73K) and Software Engineers ($71K). Civil Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $55K.


The most popular destination for former MSU students is Jackson, Miss. MSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Atlanta, Ga., which offers a median salary of $74K. On the other end, MSU grads flock to Starkville, Miss., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $38K. Alumni express interest in Memphis, Tenn. and Huntsville, Ala. as well.

Degree Major

A Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) earns MSU students the most money after college (an average $95K per year). A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $42K).


Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Bulldogs — they earn 17 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among MSU alumni, with one-sixth of grads reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one in five survey participants get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most alumni contribute to a 401(k). It is no small feat that most grads are given health coverage, and the larger part of alums accept dental insurance. Mississippi State University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Alabama at Birmingham grads is $60K, making their salaries most similar to those of MSU grads. Georgia State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, and the University of Georgia are also similar to MSU.

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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)


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$32,779 - $72,724
$40,352 - $87,360

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 726 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$33,869 - $74,702
$38,760 - $79,694
$39,933 - $91,772
$28,090 - $62,851
$40,062 - $96,255
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