Salary Information

When researching salaries for a particular occupation, try several of these sources. Each has its strengths and weaknesses; therefore, obtaining a composite view should be more helpful and provide better accuracy. If you are seeking information on starting salaries for a new graduate, you will want to look at the values in the lower percentiles of salary range. Another useful salary source is to use a job board, such as indeed.com, and search for the position you are interested in. Review the results for salary information.

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Graduating Student Survey

Salary information can be an important factor when selecting a major or accepting a job offer. The office of Career Services collects salary data from students who are graduating with a bachelor's degree. Students may use this information to research career paths and to learn what first-year professionals are earning.

How do we collect the data?
A link to the survey is emailed at the time of graduation. Three months after graduation, if the survey has not been returned, a paper survey is mailed. Recent grads are contacted by phone in a final attempt to collect salary data.

How do we use the salary data?
Career Services gathers this information to help students with career decisions. They also provide salary information upon request to employers who want to make fair and competitive offers to WSU graduates. Additionally, the various colleges request the information as part of their accreditation process.

All information gathered is used strictly for statistical purposes. Student and company names do not appear in data used for the GSS reports.

*Data by colleges:

College of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Fine Arts
College of Health Professions
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

CareerOneStop (See Wages and Salaries section on this page)

Search for salary information in the following ways:

(National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey)
(State Data Source: The Labor Market Information Office within the State Employment Security Agency)

NACE Salary Calculator

Search by specific region of a state. You will also enter occupation title, years of experience, and education details.

(The NACE Salary Calculator is provided in partnership with Job Search Intelligence (JSI). Using patents pending algorithms, the calculator creates compensation values from datasets which are proprietary to JSI and are derived from: U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Federal Reserve, and proprietary resources.)

Payscale.com and Salary.com

These are websites often used for salary sources in various publications. Although you may be prompted to sign-up or possibly to pay a fee, you should not have to do this to see the information.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Search for a list of occupations by salary ranges. Find specific occupations by title and view the median annual salary.

(National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey)


Search for salary information by job title or company and city. Data is limited and based on information submitted by employees in this field or in the company.