Washington State University (WSU) Alumni Average Salary

Ranked in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment, Washington State University is a university based in Pullman, Wash., and it's home to around 23,000 undergraduates. This small-town school with athletic appeal is the stomping ground for many students who go on to live in nearby cities, including Seattle, Wash., Richland, Wash., and Portland, Ore. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Washington State University (WSU) Median Salary by Job


Mechanical Engineer
40 profiles

Software Engineer
38 profiles

Marketing Manager
28 profiles

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Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
28 profiles

Project Engineer
27 profiles

Interior Designer
24 profiles

Electrical Engineer
24 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,468
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About This School

French Administration Building
Pullman, WA 99164-5910



Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the consulting industry, the retail industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development are popular business areas among WSU alumni. The software development industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with a degree from WSU make an average of $59K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $72K after graduating from WSU, the average woman earns only around $53K.


WSU grads who become IT Business Analysts garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $85K annually. However, Senior Financial Analysts and Marketing Managers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $83K and $74K, respectively). Sliding in near the bottom are Human Resources Generalists, who report earnings of approximately $46K.


Seattle, Wash. is a hub for WSU graduates — a large number call this city home. WSU grads also flock to Los Angeles, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $102K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by WSU alumni is Vancouver, Wash., where earnings average around $49K. Graduates also relocate to Portland, Ore. and Richland, Wash.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) from WSU can rake in a whopping average $162K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A B.A. in Communication is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $41K.


Just under one in five WSU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Knowledge of SQL seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 48 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($86K). Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one-third of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health benefits extend to a large number of grads, and most alumni also receive dental coverage. Graduates of Washington State University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of California graduates, who earn $60K on average, make a similar amount to WSU grads. Other schools similar to WSU include the University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon.

Washington State University (WSU) Job Listings

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1340 1700
ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats for Washington State University (WSU)


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$34,901 - $78,860
$40,356 - $95,913

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$38,916 - $87,238
$35,256 - $79,000
$43,494 - $87,374
$38,199 - $88,375
$67,513 - $93,598
$40,500 - $68,000
$45,500 - $64,000

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