Average Salary for Calvin College Alumni

Nestled away in Grand Rapids, Mich., Calvin College, a Christian Reformed Church school, has a student population of roughly 4,000. Many students here pick up classes in the liberal arts and sciences. 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

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Account Manager
3 salaries
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
Business Development Manager
2 salaries
Cost Accountant
2 salaries
Marketing Manager
2 salaries
National Sales Manager
2 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93

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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 work in a variety of sectors including the software development industry, IT services, and the health care industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the manufacturing industry. Former Calvin graduates bring in $52K on average.


Male graduates of Calvin out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $60K versus about $44K for women.


Among Calvin alumni, those working as Business Development Managers report the highest median pay of around $81K, followed by Information Technology Managers (approximately $74K), and Software Engineers ($60K). On the lower end, Account Managers report making $36K.


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. The top-paying city popular with Calvin alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of around $80K. 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 approximately $40K. Other cities of interest include Chicago, Ill. and Holland, Mich.

Degree Major

Calvin grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $94K per year. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in English Language & Literature are the lowest of the pack, earning about $28K.


Many former Calvin students are familiar with Project Management, and one-eighth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 45 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($75K). 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 in five survey participants get paid sick time. Health benefits extend to a strong majority of survey participants, and the larger part of alums also receive dental coverage. A strong majority of graduates save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Calvin College alumni receive are a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $58K for Saint Mary's College alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Calvin grads. Wisconsin Lutheran College, East-West University, and Saint Norbert College are also similar to Calvin.

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


44 %
56 %
$31,830 - $66,284
$40,465 - $77,761
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 29 votes.
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