Graduates of WSU work in a variety of sectors including the software development industry, the manufacturing industry, and the construction industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is software as a service (SAAS) development. Following graduation, WSU students earn an average of around $63K.
The WSU alumni who make the most are Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $76K. Electrical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $72K and $69K, respectively. Account Executives pick up $47K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.
Seattle, Wash. is a hub for WSU graduates — a large number call this city home. It is no surprise that Richland, Wash., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is approximately $75K), is another of the most popular spots for former WSU students. Though Vancouver, Wash. takes the cake for lowest pay among WSU grads (the median salary is about $58K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Alumni express interest in Portland, Ore. and Spokane, Wash. as well.
A graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from WSU can rake in a whopping average approximately $91K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those with a Bachelor of Business (BB) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average around $50K per year.
Former Cougars with Engineering Design experience garner salaries that are 18 percent more than other grads' salaries. WSU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and approximately one-seventh of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.
Benefits and Perks
Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Most alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of graduates receive dental plans, too. Most survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Additional perks enjoyed by Washington State University grads include a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.
Colorado State University grads report the most similar salaries to WSU alums, earning $64K on average. Other schools similar to WSU include the University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon.