Average Salary for Dominican University - River Forest, IL Alumni

Around 2,000 people attend Dominican University, a Roman Catholic institution based in River Forest, Ill. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Dominican University - River Forest, IL Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Staff Accountant
3 salaries
Reference Librarian
2 salaries
Operations Manager
2 salaries
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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About This School

7900 W Division St
River Forest, IL 60305

Dominican University, Illinois, Dominican University


Private School, Religious

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7 %

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Dominican University alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the health care services industry, the education industry, and the city government industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the manufacturing industry. Given the high SAT scores reported by Dominican University grads, their lower-than-average salaries are somewhat surprising. The average salary for a grad from Dominican University is $50K.


The most lucrative professionals among Dominican University alumni are Operations Managers; they earn a median annual salary of around $54K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $49K and $45K, respectively, are Librarians and Staff Accountants. On the lower end, Reference Librarians report making about $35K.


Chicago, Ill. is a hot spot for Dominican University alum. In addition, former Dominican University students often head to Northbrook, Ill. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $88K in this top-paying city. On the far end of the pay scale, Dominican University alumni often reside in Franklin Park, Ill., which is home to the lowest pay at approximately $47K. Dominican University alumni express interest in nearby Elmhurst, Ill. and Oak Brook, Ill. as well.

Degree Major

A B.A. in Business Management will compensate Dominican University grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $130K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Graphic Design — their annual income amounts to approximately $43K on average.


Competency in Strategic Marketing translates into above-average pay for Dominican University grads — they earn 41 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among Dominican University alumni, with about a sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Close to half of the alumni are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick leave. To plan for old age, nearly all former students maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. The vast majority of alumni receive health insurance, and a fair number of alumni get dental coverage. Additional benefits handed to Dominican University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of Saint Xavier University pick up average paychecks of $50K, which is closest to the amount made by Dominican University grads among similar schools. Concordia University-Chicago, Roosevelt University, and North Park University are also similar to Dominican University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1460 1730
ACT Scores 20 24

Key Stats for Dominican University - River Forest, IL


65 %
35 %
$33,844 - $65,233
$32,779 - $89,164

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

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