Calvin College Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Grand Rapids, Mich., Calvin College, a Christian Reformed Church school, has a student population of roughly 4,000. Undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences is popular here. Replies from former Calvin students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Calvin College Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Account Manager
3 salaries
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
2 salaries
Program Project Manager
2 salaries
Business Development Manager
2 salaries
Software Engineer
2 salaries
Cost Accountant
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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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Graduates of Calvin go into IT services, the health care industry, and the architectural and engineering services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular professional field seems to be the manufacturing industry. The average salary for a grad from Calvin is $53K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $59K per year, but the second group takes home only about $45K.


Among Calvin alumni, those working as Business Development Managers report the highest median pay of $81K, followed by Software Engineers and Information Technology Managers (both approximately $74K). Account Managers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $36K in this job.


Many Calvin alumni seem to stick around Grand Rapids after wrapping up their studies; more than a third of grads remain to find permanent work. Seattle, Wash. is also a common destination for Calvin grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $80K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Calvin alumni is Ann Arbor, Mich., where earnings average $40K. Chicago, Ill. and Holland, Mich. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Calvin alumni are those with a B.A. in General Business — they earn close to $99K on average per year. A B.A. in English Language & Literature commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of around $28K.


Calvin College grads with Product Development abilities can expect to make 46 percent more than their former classmates (about $78K). Many former Calvin students are familiar with Project Management, and nearly one in six grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of former students have medical plans, and the larger part of graduates have dental insurance. A strong majority of respondents 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 grads report the most similar salaries to Calvin alums, earning $58K on average. 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


43 %
57 %
$32,086 - $66,887
$40,705 - $76,323
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

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