Average Salary for Governors State University Alumni

Governors State University is a university based in University Park, Ill. that is home to around 3,000 undergraduates. The data for this synopsis comes from former Governors State University students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Governors State University 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.
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
Residential Program Director
2 salaries
Legal Secretary
2 salaries
Accounts Payable Specialist
2 salaries
Police Sergeant
2 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Recruiter
2 salaries
Benefits Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92

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About This School

1 University Pky
University Park, IL 60484



State School

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Graduates of Governors State University head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the education industry, the school district industry, and the social services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care services industry. Starting salaries of $54K are the median among Governors State University grads.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $50K per year compared to men, who earn $61K.


The most generous salaries among Governors State University alumni are reportedly earned by Police Sergeants, whose median earnings come to about $83K, followed by Senior Accountants ($60K) and Legal Secretaries ($51K). Accounts Payable Specialists face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at approximately $39K.


A large number of students head to Chicago, Ill. after college. It is no surprise that Gary, Ind., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is around $72K), is another of the most popular spots for former Governors State University students. Chicago Heights, Ill. is a popular spot for former Governors State University students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $37K. Governors State University alumni express interest in nearby Joliet, Ill. and Tinley Park, Ill. as well.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $135K per year, Governors State University grads who have a Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration are the best paid among the alumni population. Graduates holding a Master of Arts (MA), Psychology fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $32K.


Governors State University grads who have experience with Financial Analysis can expect to make 33 percent more than other alumni (about $73K on average). Many former Governors State University students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and around one in eight grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Customer Service, Operations Management, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-third of alumni for sick time. For this school, most former students are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of survey participants pick up dental plans, too. A large number of grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Governors State University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Indiana University grads (who make an average of $55K) earn salaries most similar to Governors State University alumni. Other schools similar to Governors State University include Purdue University-Calumet Campus, Chicago State University, and Northeastern Illinois University.

Key Stats for Governors State University


69 %
31 %
$33,863 - $72,261
$35,770 - $84,827
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

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