Portland State University (PSU) Alumni Average Salary

Portland State University, a school in Portland, Ore., has roughly 23,000 undergrads. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Vikings!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The data for this snapshot was collected from PSU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Portland State University (PSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer$74,969  
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)$53,185  
Marketing Manager$59,997  
Operations Manager$50,615  
Office Manager$47,743  
Mechanical Engineer$65,149  
Senior Software Engineer$103,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Sep 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,304

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About This School

724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Former PSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the web development industry, the financial services industry, and the health care services industry. The software development industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Graduates of PSU earn approximately $58K on average.


Among PSU alumni, those working as Operations Managers report the highest median pay of $107K, followed by Software Engineers ($80K), and Mechanical Engineers (around $66K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Design Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $64K.


Upon earning their degrees, many PSU grads prefer to remain in Portland; in fact, the greater part of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. Houston, Texas is another hot spot for PSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $79K). For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with PSU alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of about $44K. Other cities of interest include Vancouver, Wash. and Beaverton, Ore.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration will compensate PSU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $108K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Liberal Arts tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $34K per year.


Former Vikings who have experience with JavaScript can expect to make 46 percent more than other alumni ($85K on average). Project Management is a popular skill among PSU alumni, with roughly one in seven grads reporting using it on the job. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just two-fifths of alumni get paid sick time. Most survey participants receive health insurance, and a strong majority of alums get dental coverage. To plan for old age, a large number of graduates maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Portland State University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Wichita State University grads bring in salaries of around $57K, making them the most similar to PSU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Montana, Idaho State University, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to PSU.

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Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
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Key Stats for Portland State University (PSU)


57 %
43 %
$35,479 - $79,926
$38,391 - $80,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$29,972 - $78,269

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