North Carolina State University (NCSU) Alumni Average Salary

Combining good value and great education, North Carolina State University at Raleigh is ranked in the top 11 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 Raleigh, N.C. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Wolfpacks!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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North Carolina State University (NCSU) Median Salary by Job


Software Engineer
116 profiles

Mechanical Engineer
64 profiles

Process Engineer
63 profiles

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Electrical Engineer
61 profiles

Project Engineer
57 profiles

Senior Software Engineer
44 profiles

Civil Engineer
43 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,113
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About This School

2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27695-7001


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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NC State alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the manufacturing industry, the civil engineering services industry, and the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The engineering services industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. NC State graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $68K.


The NC State alumni who make the most are Research & Development Managers; they report a median pay of $116K. Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $93K and $66K, respectively. On the lower end, Structural Engineers report making around $52K.


NC State students enjoy their time in Raleigh, and just under one in three students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. It is also not uncommon to find former NC State students living and working in Chicago, Ill. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $82K. On the far end of the pay scale, NC State alumni often reside in Charleston, S.C., which is home to the lowest pay at about $58K. Nearby Charlotte, N.C. and Durham, N.C. also rank high on the list of cities for NC State grads.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for NC State grads with a Bachelor of Science in Paper Science (average earnings climb to $118K per year). Those with a Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Engineering face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $46K per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among NC State alumni, with between a fifth and a fourth of grads reporting using it on the job. Former Wolfpacks with People Management abilities can expect to make 27 percent more than their former classmates ($86K). Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. Most grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to most alums, and a fair number of former students sign up for dental plans. Additional perks enjoyed by North Carolina State University at Raleigh grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of Maryland grads bring in salaries of around approximately $69K, making them the most similar to NC State alumni in terms of earnings. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Virginia Commonwealth University are also similar to NC State.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1700 1960
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for North Carolina State University (NCSU)


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$31,290 - $84,809
$44,090 - $92,780

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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