Nestled away in Wichita, Kan., Wichita State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 13,000. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Shockers!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the WSU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Annual ROI 

7.8 %

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64 %

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Wichita State University Median Salary by Job




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  • Updated: 13 Jul 2019
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About This School

1845 N. Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0124


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Former WSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health care industry, the banking industry, and the aircraft manufacturing industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. WSU graduates see an average starting salary of about $59K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $56K where the average male graduate hauls home $69K.


The most generous salaries among WSU alumni are reportedly earned by Physician Assistants, whose median earnings come to around $94K, followed by Aerospace Engineers ($81K) and Software Engineers (approximately $79K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Accountants who make an average of $50K.


Though Wichita, Kan. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $58K), roughly one-half of WSU students continue living here after college. Alternatively, Dallas, Texas is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is around $76K — which is an (obvious) draw for many WSU grads. Graduates also relocate to Denver, Colo. and Houston, Texas.

Degree Major

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will compensate WSU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $108K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) — their annual income amounts to $43K on average.


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among WSU alumni, with roughly a seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 22 percent for former Shockers. Experience with Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of former students set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health benefits extend to most respondents, and a strong majority of alums also receive dental coverage. Graduates of Wichita State University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of South Dakota graduates, who earn $59K on average, make a similar amount to WSU grads. Other schools similar to WSU include the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Missouri-St Louis.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
940 1200
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats for Wichita State University


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$37,201 - $76,131
$42,952 - $90,100

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 710 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$43,966 - $90,540
$36,223 - $73,392
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$54,292 - $88,998
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