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Average Salary for Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) Alumni

Founded in Bloomington, Ill., Illinois Wesleyan University is an institution of higher learning for around 2,000 students. A private, liberal arts school, students here have access to a wide variety of courses. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Liberal Arts

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Typical Early Career Salary

Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) Alumni

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About This School

1312 N Park St
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900



Private School, Liberal Arts

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Professionally, the financial services industry, the education industry, and the marketing, advertising, and media management industry are popular business areas among IWU alumni. Among IWU grads, the health care industry is a commonly chosen career field. Graduates of IWU typically earn around $54K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $49K per year compared to men, who earn $71K.


The biggest paychecks among IWU alumni are earned by VPs of Operations — these former students make $128K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Finance Managers (about $104K) and Operations Managers (approximately $40K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Loan Officers, making an average of $30K.


Home to a large number of IWU alums, Bloomington is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Chicago is also a common destination for IWU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $77K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by IWU alumni is Milwaukee, where earnings average $39K. Graduates of IWU also relocate to Peoria, which is not far away, and New York.

Degree Major

Illinois Wesleyan University grads who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and earn around $115K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in English Literature ($32K annually).


Illinois Wesleyan University grads with Strategic Marketing experience garner salaries that are nearly double other grads' salaries. Many IWU grads have knowledge of Customer Service, with roughly an eighth of alumni using this program on the clock. Also considered top-notch skills are Operations Management, Scheduling, and Customer Relations.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. The greater part of grads participate in a 401(k) program. It is no small feat that a solid majority of grads are given health coverage, and most grads accept dental insurance. Illinois Wesleyan University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for Augustana College grads is about $56K, making their salaries most similar to those of IWU grads. Other schools similar to IWU include Knox College, Monmouth College, and Wabash College.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1080 1360
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats for Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU)


48 %
52 %
$33,686 - $73,698
$32,000 - $100,967
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 22 votes.

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