Average Salary for Calvin College Alumni

Calvin College is a Christian Reformed Church university based in Grand Rapids, Mich. that is home to around 4,000 undergraduates. The liberal arts and sciences play a large role at the school, and many students enjoy this type of curriculum. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Calvin grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Calvin College Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Account Manager
3 salaries
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
Cost Accountant
2 salaries
Program Project Manager
2 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
2 salaries
Software Engineer
2 salaries
Business Development Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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About This School

3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546



Private School, Liberal Arts, Religious, Sober School

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Former Calvin students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including IT services, the health care industry, and the education industry. The manufacturing industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with a degree from Calvin make an average of approximately $52K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $45K on average compared to $59K for male graduates.


The most lucrative professionals among Calvin alumni are Business Development Managers; they earn a median annual salary of around $81K. Also near the top of the pay scale at about $74K are Software Engineers and Information Technology Managers. Account Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $36K.


Many Calvin alumni remain in Grand Rapids after graduation; about two-fifths of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. In addition, former Calvin students often head to Seattle, Wash. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $80K in this top-paying city. Ann Arbor, Mich. is a popular spot for former Calvin students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $40K. Other common destinations include Chicago, Ill. and Holland, Mich.

Degree Major

A B.A. in General Business will compensate Calvin grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $99K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in English Language & Literature tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $28K per year.


Calvin alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with nearly one in seven grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Product Development commands a pay premium of 49 percent for Calvin College grads. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of graduates have medical plans, and more than half of survey participants have dental insurance. A fair number of grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Calvin College alumni are also on the receiving end of a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Saint Mary's College graduates, who earn around $58K on average, make a similar amount to Calvin grads. Wisconsin Lutheran College, East-West University, and Saint Norbert College are also similar to Calvin.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1048 1310
ACT Scores 23 29

Key Stats for Calvin College


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$32,086 - $66,887
$40,705 - $76,323
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