Around 27,000 undergrads attend North Carolina State University at Raleigh, a school in Raleigh, N.C.. The school sits in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. Although sports play a large role on campus, North Carolina State University at Raleigh students are known to enjoy crunching numbers as well. Many major in math (it is one of the most prevalent degrees among alumni), and students score well on standardized tests. This summary is derived from information given by NC State grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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9.5 %

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North Carolina State University (NCSU) Median Salary by Job


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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 can most commonly be found in the engineering services industry, the consulting industry, and the manufacturing industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The software development industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Graduates of NC State earn approximately $68K on average.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $58K per year compared to men, who earn around $74K.


Among NC State graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Software Engineers, who haul in $111K on average. Next on the list are Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers, bringing in $84K and about $69K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Civil Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $62K.


Though Raleigh, N.C. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $63K), slightly less than a third of NC State students continue living here after college. Alternatively, Atlanta, Ga. is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is $76K — which is an (obvious) draw for many NC State grads. Neighboring Durham, N.C. is another common pick among NC State grads, along with Raleigh-durham, N.C.

Degree Major

NC State students with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance can expect to make the most money ($108K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A Master of Social Work (MSW) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $40K.


Java commands a pay premium of 25 percent for former Wolfpacks. Project Management is a popular skill among NC State alumni, with roughly one in six workers reporting using it on the job. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. Most grads receive health insurance, and a fair number of alumni get dental coverage. To plan for old age, most survey participants maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. North Carolina State University at Raleigh alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Maryland grads is approximately $69K, making their salaries most similar to those of NC State grads. Other schools similar to NC State include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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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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