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Average Salary for Calvin College Alumni

Calvin College, a Christian Reformed Church school in Grand Rapids, Mich., has roughly 4,000 undergrads. Situated in the heart of Grand Rapids, Calvin College offers its students a selective private school education in an exciting urban environment. The figures in this rundown were provided by Calvin alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Calvin College Details


3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Private Schools, Liberal Arts, Sober Schools, Religious

Graduation Rate:

77 %


17 %

% Stay In State:

54 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

26 %
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The manufacturing industry, the engineering services industry, and the health care industry are just a few of the areas in which Calvin grads find work. The majority of Calvin alumni wind up in the software development industry. Graduates of Calvin typically earn $54K.


In the Calvin alumni community, men make a median salary of around $62K compared to their female counterparts, who earn about $43K.


Among Calvin graduates, the biggest earners are National Sales Managers, who haul in approximately $75K on average. Next on the list are Mechanical Engineers and Software Engineers, bringing in $72K and $59K, respectively. On the lower end, Cost Accountants report making $45K.


Calvin alumni typically remain in Grand Rapids, the city they've grown to love, after graduation, and more than two-fifths of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. It is no surprise that Denver, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is approximately $100K), is another of the most popular spots for former Calvin students. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Calvin grads is Ann Arbor (median compensation is around $38K). Nearby Holland is also a top pick for Calvin grads, as is Chicago.

Degree Major

A B.A. in Philosophy will compensate Calvin grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in about $78K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in English Language & Literature — their annual income amounts to $28K on average.


Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among Calvin alumni, with roughly a tenth of workers reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Product Development seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 45 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($78K). In addition, those who are savvy in Project Management, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. A fair portion of alums allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. A fair portion of respondents receive health insurance, and a majority of alumni get dental coverage. Calvin College grads also enjoy benefits like a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Saint Mary's College grads bring in salaries of around $58K, making them the most similar to Calvin alumni in terms of earnings. Wisconsin Lutheran College, East-West University, and Saint Norbert College are also similar to Calvin.

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SAT Scores* 1060 1360
ACT Scores 24 30

Key Stats



42 %

female alumni


58 %

male alumni
$30,956 - $60,727
$40,867 - $85,305

Years of Experience

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