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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. Students of this private university enjoy its big-city campus; Grand Rapids is home to a melting pot of social activities and entertainment. The data for this synopsis comes from former Calvin students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Calvin College Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Account Manager
3 salaries
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
Software Engineer
3 salaries
National Sales Manager
2 salaries
Business Development Manager
2 salaries
Cost Accountant
2 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101

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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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Former Calvin students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the manufacturing industry, the engineering services industry, and the health care industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the software development industry. Those with an education from Calvin earn an average of $53K.


In the Calvin alumni community, men make a median salary of about $61K compared to their female counterparts, who earn around $43K.


The most generous salaries among Calvin alumni are reportedly earned by National Sales Managers, whose earnings come to $75K, followed by Software Engineers ($60K) and Senior Accountants (approximately $57K). Account Managers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of $36K in this job.


Calvin alumni seldom move away from Grand Rapids after college; in fact, more than two-fifths of former students find lasting work in the city they adore. Calvin grads also flock to Denver, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is $100K). On the other end, Calvin grads flock to Ann Arbor, which actually offers the weakest median salaries of $40K. Other cities of interest include Chicago and Holland.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Calvin alumni are those with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) — they earn close to about $83K per year. A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of around $33K.


Nearly one-eighth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Calvin College grads who have experience with Product Development can expect to make 46 percent more than other alumni ($78K on average). Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just one in three grads report compensation for sick days and only one in five survey participants get vacation time. To plan for old age, most graduates maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Most alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of alumni receive dental plans, too. Additional perks enjoyed by Calvin College grads include a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Wartburg College grads is $55K, making their salaries most similar to those of Calvin grads. Wisconsin Lutheran College, Saint Mary's College, and East-West University 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


42 %
58 %
$30,815 - $62,213
$40,483 - $80,673
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 49 votes.
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