Around 23,000 undergrads attend Oklahoma State University, a school in Stillwater, Okla.. The school sits in the top 25 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

8.3 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

55 %

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About This School

107 Whitehurst
Stillwater, OK 74078-1015

Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University (OSU)


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Former OSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the engineering services industry, the banking industry, and the education industry. The majority of OSU alumni wind up in the manufacturing industry. The average salary for a grad from OSU is around $63K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $70K per year, but the second group takes home only $53K.


Former OSU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Mechanical Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to about $99K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers (approximately $78K) and Mechanical Engineers ($71K). Financial Analysts wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $52K.


Many OSU grads end up living in Tulsa, Okla., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. In addition, former OSU students often head to Houston, Texas after graduating, where the median salary comes to around $87K in this top-paying city. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Stillwater at $46K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Oklahoma State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. OSU alumni express interest in nearby Oklahoma City, Okla. and Dallas, Texas as well.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for OSU grads with a Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) (average earnings climb to about $104K per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $42K per year.


Former Cowboys who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 21 percent more than other alumni ($76K on average). OSU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and roughly one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of grads opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. For this school, most alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of respondents pick up dental plans, too. Other benefits that Oklahoma State University alumni receive are a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $63K for Kansas State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to OSU grads. Other schools similar to OSU include the University of North Texas, the University of Memphis, and Texas Tech University.

Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus Job Listings

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
970 1210
ACT Scores 22 27

Key Stats for Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus


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$35,375 - $75,496
$44,485 - $97,430

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1229 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$30,403 - $56,003
$54,362 - $73,698
$42,037 - $59,344
$48,322 - $85,459
$55,000 - $86,995
$37,840 - $77,649
$37,379 - $78,432
$42,171 - $89,150
$50,305 - $114,702
$29,586 - $53,962

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