Portland State University is a university based in Portland, Ore. that is home to around 28,000 undergraduates. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Vikings!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the PSU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

College ROI Report


20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

7.4 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

47 %

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Portland State University (PSU) Median Salary by Job



Graphic Designer
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Office Manager
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  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,734
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About This School

724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

42 %

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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.

Degree Major

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.

Related Schools

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.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
930 1160
ACT Scores

Key Stats for Portland State University (PSU)


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$38,245 - $73,993
$41,674 - $90,603

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1186 votes.
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5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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