Average Salary for Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

Around 17,000 people attend Ball State University, a public research institution based in Muncie, Ind. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Cardinals!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Marketing Manager
10 salaries
Project Architect
8 salaries
Operations Manager
8 salaries
Landscape Architect
8 salaries
Design Architect
7 salaries
Software Engineer
7 salaries
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 581
United States (change)

About This School

2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306




State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

59 %

7 %

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35 %

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Ball State alumni can most commonly be found in the education industry, the architectural services industry, and the insurance and financial services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular professional field seems to be the health care industry. Graduates of Ball State typically earn approximately $51K.


Ball State grads who become Presidents are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $109K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Operations Managers; their salaries approach $71K and about $61K, respectively. Sliding in near the bottom are Landscape Architects, who report earnings of around $41K.


The most popular destination for former Ball State students is Indianapolis. Chicago is also a common destination for Ball State grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $64K. Ball State University grads are so loyal to Muncie that a sizable number choose to stay after graduating, despite median salaries there ranking lowest among popular cities ($40K). Graduates of Ball State also relocate to Fort Wayne, which is not far away, and Cincinnati.

Degree Major

Former Cardinals who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc), Accounting and earn approximately $118K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Communication — their annual income amounts to $33K on average.


For former Cardinals, proficiency in Operations Management warrants a paycheck that is 38 percent more than other alumni salaries. Project Management is a common skill among Ball State alumni — roughly one in eight grads mention using it at work. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Photoshop.

Benefits and Perks

Just half of the alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A solid majority of alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of respondents receive dental plans, too. Ball State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Indiana University grads report the most similar salaries to Ball State alums, earning $54K on average. Other schools similar to Ball State include Wright State University-Main Campus, Miami University-Oxford, and Bowling Green State University-Main Campus.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Ball State University (BSU)


50 %
50 %
$30,506 - $65,101
$34,983 - $82,907
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 237 votes.
$34,064 - $70,153
$25,213 - $54,538
$32,549 - $89,907
$28,187 - $69,181
$24,900 - $91,563

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