Software as a service (SAAS) development, the manufacturing industry, and the health care industry are just a few of the areas in which PSU grads find work. Among PSU grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. Median pay for those who graduated from PSU amounts to $55K.
PSU grads who become Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $78K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Mechanical Engineers and Project Managers; their salaries approach about $65K and approximately $55K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Graphic Designers — they bring in $40K.
PSU alumni like Portland so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with a majority of grads staying on to find permanent employment. With a median salary of around $90K, San Francisco, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among PSU grads. PSU alumni in Salem, Ore. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $52K. Other common destinations include Seattle, Wash. and Beaverton, Ore.
A Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) leads to the highest pay for PSU grads ($111K on average per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $40K on average per year.
Former Vikings who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 29 percent more than other alumni ($71K on average). Many PSU grads have knowledge of Project Management, with around a seventh of alumni using this program on the clock. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.
Benefits and Perks
Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of respondents receive dental plans, too. Most graduates save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Graduates of Portland State University are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
University of Nevada graduates, who earn about $55K on average, make a similar amount to PSU grads. Other schools similar to PSU include the University of Montana, Idaho State University, and the University of Colorado Denver.