Combining good value and great education, Washington State University is ranked in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Pullman, Wash. This report is based on the answers of WSU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

8.1 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

50 %

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  • Updated: 11 May 2019
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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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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.

Degree Major

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.

Related Schools

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.

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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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