Calvin College Alumni Average Salary

Calvin College is a Christian Reformed Church university based in Grand Rapids, Mich. that is home to around 4,000 undergraduates. Students here receive a well-rounded education — undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences is common. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Staff Accountant
6 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Marketing Specialist
5 salaries
Communications Specialist
4 salaries
Project Engineer
4 salaries
Software Developer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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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Professionally, the software development industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and IT services are popular business areas among Calvin alumni. The most popular field is the manufacturing industry. Graduates of Calvin earn $53K on average.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $45K whereas the men's median is $60K.


The most generous salaries among Calvin alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Accountants whose earnings come to about $58K on average.


Graduates of Calvin seem to enjoy living in Grand Rapids, and about one in three grads wind up living and working there after graduation. Washington, DC is also a common destination for Calvin grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $89K. On the other end, Calvin grads flock to Chicago, Ill., which actually offers the weakest median salary of around $47K. Other common destinations include Westmont, Ill. and Seattle, Wash.

Degree Major

A graduate with a B.A. in General Business from Calvin can rake in a whopping average $99K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those with a B.A. in International Development Studies face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $36K per year.


Many Calvin grads have knowledge of Project Management, with a little less than a fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 48 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($78K). Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Social Media Marketing.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in eight survey participants, respectively). A fair number of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. A fair number of former students have medical plans, and a majority of respondents have dental insurance. Calvin College alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, flexible hours, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

Simpson College grads bring in salaries of around $53K, making them the most similar to Calvin alumni in terms of earnings. Wisconsin Lutheran College, Saint Mary's College, and East-West University are also similar to Calvin.

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Key Stats for Calvin College


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$28,603 - $68,163
$45,755 - $81,826
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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