Ball State University (BSU) Alumni Average Salary

Ball State University is a university based in Muncie, Ind. that is home to around 16,000 undergraduates. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Cardinals!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. This summary is derived from information given by Ball State grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

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Operations Manager
7 salaries
Marketing Manager
6 salaries
Design Architect
6 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
5 salaries
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Landscape Architect
4 salaries
Staff Accountant
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
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About This School

2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Ball State are found working in a number of different fields including the architectural services industry, the advertising agency industry, and the education industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the health care industry. Former Ball State graduates bring in $51K on average.


The Ball State alumni who make the most are Presidents; they report a median pay of about $109K. Operations Managers and Design Architects draw in a fair amount as well — around $61K and $56K, respectively. Marketing Coordinators pick up $34K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many Ball State grads end up living in Indianapolis, Ind., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Cincinnati, Ohio is also a common destination for Ball State grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $76K. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Muncie at $41K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Ball State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. In addition, Ball State grads flock to neighboring Fort Wayne, Ind. as well as Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

Former Cardinals who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (PolySci) and earn a median salary of $105K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Master of Science (MS), Historic Preservation (about $34K on average annually).


Former Cardinals with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are 28 percent more than other grads' salaries. About one in eight grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Approximately half of the former students are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick leave. Health benefits extend to most former students, and a majority of former students also receive dental coverage. Most survey participants take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Ball State University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Wright State University grads bring in salaries of around approximately $52K, making them the most similar to Ball State alumni in terms of earnings. 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)


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$30,327 - $69,797
$35,452 - $87,368
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 101 votes.
$35,215 - $72,251
$24,658 - $57,391
$44,042 - $88,303
$24,468 - $66,819
$37,222 - $100,944

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