Average Salary for Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) Alumni

Illinois Wesleyan University is a university based in Bloomington, Ill. that is home to around 2,000 undergraduates. Undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences is a key focus of the school. This summary is derived from information given by IWU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) Alumni

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Operations Manager
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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About This School

1312 N Park St
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900



Private School, Liberal Arts

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IWU alumni can most commonly be found in the financial services industry, the mortgage banking industry, and the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. IWU graduates see an average starting salary of $51K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $60K, but the median for the latter is only $49K.


IWU grads who become Operations Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making a median salary of about $40K yearly.


Home to a large number of IWU alums, Milwaukee, Wisc. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. The top-paying city popular with IWU alumni is Chicago, Ill., which offers a median salary of around $75K. Illinois Wesleyan University alumni often stay in Bloomington following graduation despite having one of the lowest median salary among popular cities (approximately $36K). Other popular cities include St. Louis, Mo. and Peoria, Ill.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid IWU alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting — they earn close to $115K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in English Literature — their annual income amounts to around $32K on average.


Many former IWU students are familiar with Customer Service, and roughly one in seven grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Illinois Wesleyan University grads who have experience with Strategic Marketing can expect to make more than double other alumni (about $104K on average). Competency in Operations Management, Project Management, and Scheduling also warrants excellent remuneration.

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. A large number of alums participate in a 401(k) program. Health coverage is awarded to most grads, and dental insurance is issued to the larger part of respondents as well. Additional perks enjoyed by Illinois Wesleyan University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Augustana College pick up average paychecks of $51K, which is closest to the amount made by IWU grads among similar schools. 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)


55 %
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$34,472 - $72,581
$31,200 - $104,661
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1-4 years
5-9 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

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