Nestled away in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Southeast Missouri State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 12,000. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Redhawks!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. This report is based on the responses of Southeast Missouri graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 737
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About This School

One University Plaza, MS4675
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


State School, For Sports Fans

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Former Southeast Missouri students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health care industry, the health care services industry, and clinical care. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the manufacturing industry. Former Southeast Missouri graduates bring in around $51K on average.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only about $50K on average compared to $61K for male graduates.


Among Southeast Missouri alumni, those working as Operations Managers report the highest median pay of approximately $65K, followed by Human Resources Managers ($60K), and Marketing Directors ($47K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Administrative Assistants who make an average of $31K.


Many Southeast Missouri students are St. Louis, Mo.-bound following college. Southeast Missouri grads also flock to Kansas City, Mo., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is around $58K). On the other end, Southeast Missouri grads flock to Perryville, Mo., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $42K. Nearby Cape Girardeau, Mo. is also a top pick for Southeast Missouri grads, as is Sikeston, Mo.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Southeast Missouri can rake in a whopping average about $99K per year, more than any other degree from this school. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $40K per year.


Roughly an eighth of Southeast Missouri grads wind up using Microsoft Excel at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. For former Redhawks, proficiency in Financial Analysis warrants a paycheck that is 28 percent more than other alumni salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most respondents contribute to a 401(k). For this school, a large number of survey participants are the recipients of health benefits, and the larger part of survey participants pick up dental plans, too. Other benefits awarded to Southeast Missouri State University alumni include a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Western Kentucky University grads (who make an average of $54K) earn salaries most similar to Southeast Missouri alumni. Other schools similar to Southeast Missouri include Murray State University, the University of Southern Indiana, and Austin Peay State University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
913 1175
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for Southeast Missouri State University


54 %
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$32,314 - $66,146
$39,703 - $86,234

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 347 votes.
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$35,937 - $79,731
$32,080 - $62,904
$38,266 - $95,244
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$29,931 - $61,601
$46,238 - $86,052
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