Former WSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry, IT services, and the aerospace engineering industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the health care industry. Median pay for those who graduated from WSU amounts to approximately $55K.
Male graduates of WSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $62K versus about $50K for women.
The biggest paychecks among WSU alumni are earned by Aerospace Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $81K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Business Analysts ($73K) and Mechanical Engineers ($65K). Salaries are anything but generous for Accountants, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at around $44K.
WSU students enjoy their time in Wichita, and more than half of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. Wichita, Kan. is also a common destination for WSU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $53K. WSU alumni in Midway, Utah can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $44K.
A Master of Science (MS), Industrial Engineering (IE) will compensate WSU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $105K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Master of Arts (MA) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $37K per year.
Microsoft Office is a popular skill among WSU alumni, with just under a third of workers reporting using it on the job. Competency in Microsoft Word translates into above-average pay for former Shockers — they earn 19 percent more than their fellow graduates. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Microsoft Word are also considered highly skilled.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; slightly more than half of the respondents get vacation time, whereas just two-fifths of alumni get paid sick leave. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of respondents, and most grads sign up for dental plans. A large number of alums set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Wichita State University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Median pay for University of Missouri grads is $55K, making their salaries most similar to those of WSU grads. The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to WSU.