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Average Salary for Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

Around 17,000 people attend Ball State University, a public research institution based in Muncie, Ind. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 15 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 712
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Ball State University (BSU) Details

2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306



State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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Former Ball State students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the education industry, the architectural services industry, and the insurance and financial services industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the health care industry. Following graduation, Ball State students earn an average of $50K.


Former Ball State students with an interest in making money consider becoming Presidents, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to $109K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers (about $71K) and Operations Managers ($60K). Sliding in near the bottom are Design Architects, who report earnings of $42K.


A large number of students head to Indianapolis after college. Ball State grads also flock to Chicago, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is around $64K). Many former Cardinals can't resist staying in Muncie after graduating despite the median salaries there ranking lowest among popular cities (approximately $40K). Other popular cities for Ball State alumni include nearby Fort Wayne and Cincinnati.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc), Accounting earns Ball State students the most money after college ($118K per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Communication are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $33K per year.


Leadership commands a pay premium of 42 percent for former Cardinals. Ball State alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with one in eight grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Photoshop are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just half of the alumni report compensation for sick days and only one in three grads get vacation time. The greater part of former students save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A solid majority of former students receive health insurance, and a majority of respondents get dental coverage. 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 around $52K, making them the most similar to Ball State alumni in terms of earnings. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Miami University-Oxford, and Bowling Green State University-Main Campus are also similar to Ball State.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1430 1730
ACT Scores 19 23

Key Stats

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$30,528 - $64,717
$35,120 - $82,785
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 268 votes.
$33,827 - $68,115
$25,213 - $54,538
$32,127 - $89,907
$28,607 - $68,572
$28,597 - $97,500

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