Average Salary for Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH Alumni

Bowling Green State University is a university based in Bowling Green, Ohio that is home to around 14,000 undergraduates. The school attracts plenty of sports fans (Go Falcons!) to its small-town campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Cleveland, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, and Toledo, Ohio. This summary is derived from information given by BGSU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH Alumni

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
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Purchasing Manager
5 salaries
Graphic Designer
4 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
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Director of Communications
4 salaries
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About This School

220 McFall Ctr
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Bowling Green State University



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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BGSU alumni can most commonly be found in the manufacturing industry, the financial services industry, and the banking industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular field is the education industry. BGSU graduates see an average starting salary of $55K.


Male graduates of BGSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of approximately $63K versus about $50K for women.


The biggest paychecks among BGSU alumni are earned by Chief Financial Officers — these former students make a median salary of around $115K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Purchasing Managers ($75K) and Directors of Communications ($63K). On the lower end, Graphic Designers report making $36K.


Many BGSU grads flock to Cleveland, Ohio. New York, N.Y. is also a common destination for BGSU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $90K. On the other hand, BGSU alumni who end up in Dayton, Ohio receive the lowest median salary of about $41K. Graduates of BGSU also relocate to Toledo, Ohio, which is not far away, and Columbus, Ohio.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance from BGSU can rake in a whopping average around $113K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Bachelor of Science in Education commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $40K.


BGSU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with close to one-eighth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Falcons — they earn 38 percent more than their fellow graduates. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Although nearly half of the graduates are compensated for vacation days, only one-third of alumni are paid for sick time. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most former students are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of former students report dental coverage, too. Additional perks enjoyed by Bowling Green State University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Indiana University grads (who make an average of $54K) earn salaries most similar to BGSU alumni. Other schools similar to BGSU include Cleveland State University, the University of Akron Main Campus, and Ball State University.

Test Scores

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SAT Scores 1330 1710
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH


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Rated 5 out of 5
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