Calvin College Alumni Average Salary

Around 4,000 people attend Calvin College, a Christian Reformed Church institution based in Grand Rapids, Mich. The liberal arts and sciences play a large role at the school, and many students enjoy this type of curriculum. This summary is derived from information given by Calvin grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Senior Accountant
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Staff Accountant
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Software Engineer
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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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Calvin alumni can most commonly be found in IT services, the health care industry, and the architectural and engineering services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the manufacturing industry. Calvin graduates see an average starting salary of $53K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $45K per year compared to men, who earn $59K.


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


Rather than relocating after graduation, many Calvin alumni (over a third of) end up finding permanent jobs in Grand Rapids. Another city that attracts a wealth of Calvin grads is Seattle, Wash.; given its high compensation ($80K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the far end of the pay scale, Calvin alumni often reside in Ann Arbor, Mich., which is home to the lowest pay at $40K. Chicago, Ill. and Holland, Mich. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

Calvin students with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) can expect to make the most money ($107K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A B.A. in English Language & Literature offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $28K).


Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for Calvin College grads — they earn 47 percent more than their fellow graduates. Calvin alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with close to one-sixth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a fair number of graduates are rewarded with health insurance and the larger part of graduates report dental coverage, too. A fair number of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Calvin College grads are also lucky enough to receive a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, 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. Other schools similar to Calvin include Wisconsin Lutheran College, East-West University, and Saint Norbert College.

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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
$40,608 - $76,643
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

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