Average Salary for Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

Ball State University, a school in Muncie, Ind., has roughly 16,000 undergrads. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Operations Manager
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Software Engineer
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Design Architect
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Marketing Coordinator
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Staff Accountant
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 492

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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 can most commonly be found in the health care industry, the architectural services industry, and the insurance and financial services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. A large chunk of former Ball State students are employed in the education industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Ball State graduates see an average starting salary of $51K.


Presidents win the contest for best-paid Ball State alumni, making about $117K on average every year, though Software Engineers (approximately $81K), and Operations Managers ($61K) are not far behind. Salaries are anything but generous for Landscape Architects, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at around $40K.


Many Ball State grads end up living in Indianapolis, Ind., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. With a median salary of $67K, Chicago, Ill. represents the highest-paid city popular among Ball State grads. Many former Cardinals can't resist staying in Muncie after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($41K). Ball State alumni express interest in nearby Fort Wayne, Ind. and Louisville, Ky. as well.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) earns Ball State students the most money after college (an average $95K per year). Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Communication fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $33K.


Many former Ball State students are familiar with Project Management, and roughly a seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Former Cardinals who have experience with Operations Management can expect to make 33 percent more than other alumni ($67K on average). Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Photoshop are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for half of the graduates, but only one-third of alumni are rewarded with paid sick leave. A large number of grads enjoy benefits like health insurance, while the larger part of grads receive dental plans, too. A large number of former students participate in a 401(k) program. Ball State University graduates also take advantage 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 about $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.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Ball State University (BSU)


51 %
49 %
$30,154 - $67,217
$35,624 - $86,122
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 134 votes.
$34,802 - $69,908
$24,747 - $57,391
$24,658 - $62,750
$44,042 - $88,303
$37,359 - $99,820

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