Average Salary for Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

Nestled away in Muncie, Ind., Ball State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 16,000. 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 derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Ball State University (BSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Operations Manager
8 salaries
Marketing Manager
7 salaries
Design Architect
5 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
5 salaries
5 salaries
Landscape Architect
5 salaries
Staff Accountant
5 salaries
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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 education industry, the architectural services industry, and the advertising agency industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. Ball State graduates see an average starting salary of $51K.


In the Ball State alumni professional community, Presidents make the highest median pay (around $109K), though Operations Managers ($61K), and Marketing Managers (about $50K) are close competitors. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Marketing Coordinators who make an average of $34K.


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 another hot spot for Ball State grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $76K). Ball State University alumni often stay in Muncie following graduation despite having one of the lowest median salary among popular cities (approximately $41K). Nearby Fort Wayne, Ind. and Chicago, Ill. also rank high on the list of cities for Ball State grads.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $87K per year, former Cardinals who have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. A Master of Science (MS), Historic Preservation offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($34K).


Former Cardinals with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are 32 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. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Though half of the alumni get paid time off for vacation, only one-third of alumni receive paid sick leave. Most respondents allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health benefits extend to a large number of respondents, and a majority of grads also receive dental coverage. Ball State University grads also enjoy benefits like 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 approximately $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

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SAT Scores 1460 1730
ACT Scores 20 24

Key Stats for Ball State University (BSU)


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$30,555 - $68,314
$35,452 - $86,783

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.
$35,353 - $71,870
$24,658 - $57,391
$24,658 - $62,750
$44,042 - $88,303
$37,222 - $100,944

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