Average Salary for Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

Ball State University is a university based in Muncie, Ind. that is home to around 16,000 undergraduates. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Cardinals!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Operations Manager
8 salaries
Marketing Manager
7 salaries
Landscape Architect
5 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
5 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
5 salaries
Staff Accountant
5 salaries
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 444
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About This School

2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306




State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Ball State alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the education industry, the architectural services industry, and the advertising agency industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the health care industry. Ball State graduates see an average starting salary of $51K.


Among Ball State graduates, the biggest earners are Software Engineers, who haul in approximately $81K on average. Next on the list are Operations Managers and Design Architects, bringing in $61K and $53K, respectively. Staff Accountants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of about $41K in this job.


Many Ball State grads flock to Indianapolis, Ind. It is also not uncommon to find former Ball State students living and working in Cincinnati, Ohio — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $76K. Ball State grads love their alma mater so much that many stick around in Muncie despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (around $41K). Other cities of interest among Ball State alumni include nearby Fort Wayne, Ind. and Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) earns Ball State students the most money after college (an average $95K per year). A Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLArch) offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($35K).


Ball State alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with one in eight grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Cardinals who have experience with Leadership can expect to make 60 percent more than other alumni (about $81K on average). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Nearly a half of former students can rely on paid vacation days, but just one-third of alumni have the luxury of paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most alums contribute to a 401(k). For this school, most grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of respondents pick up dental plans, too. Other benefits that Ball State University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Wright State University grads report the most similar salaries to Ball State alums, earning $52K on average. Other schools similar to Ball State include Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Miami University-Oxford, and Bowling Green State University-Main Campus.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1460 1730
ACT Scores 20 24

Key Stats for Ball State University (BSU)


53 %
47 %
$30,572 - $69,607
$35,253 - $87,321
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.
$35,229 - $71,749
$24,468 - $55,955
$24,658 - $62,750
$44,042 - $88,303
$37,359 - $99,820

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