The architectural services industry, the education industry, and the banking industry are just a few of the areas in which Ball State grads find work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the manufacturing industry. Ball State students do not advance into high-paying positions after graduation despite their impressive SAT results. The average starting salary for a graduate of Ball State is $48K.
Indianapolis, Ind. is a hub for Ball State graduates — a large number call this city home. Ball State alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Chicago, Ill., which offers a median salary of around $72K. On the other hand, Ball State alumni who end up in Carmel, Ind. receive the lowest median salary of $46K. In addition, Ball State grads flock to neighboring Muncie, Ind. as well as Cincinnati, Ohio.
A Master of Science (MS) will compensate Ball State grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $79K on average per year. A Master of Arts (MA) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of approximately $39K.
Former Cardinals with Financial Analysis abilities can expect to make 82 percent more than their former classmates ($87K). Ball State grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and approximately one in eight alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Also considered top-notch skills are Customer Service, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. Most respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Dental insurance applies to a majority of the survey participants, and a large number of former students report health coverage. Ball State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.
Compensation averages about $52K for Wright State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Ball State grads. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Miami University-Oxford, and Bowling Green State University-Main Campus are also similar to Ball State.