Average Salary for Kent State University (KSU) Alumni

Around 22,000 people attend Kent State University at Kent, a public research institution based in Kent, Ohio. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Kent State University (KSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Design Architect
12 salaries
Graphic Designer
11 salaries
Marketing Manager
10 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
10 salaries
Interior Designer
8 salaries
Marketing Director
7 salaries
Office Manager
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 809
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About This School

Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library
Kent, OH 44242-0001

Kent State University at Kent, Kent State University


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the health care industry, the architectural services industry, and the education industry are popular business areas among Kent alumni. The majority of Kent alumni wind up in the manufacturing industry. Those with a degree from Kent tend to make $51K.


The most lucrative professionals among Kent alumni are Marketing Directors; they earn a median annual salary of $84K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at about $68K and $47K are Marketing Managers and Design Architects. On the lower end, Marketing Coordinators report making around $33K.


Home to a large number of Kent alums, Cleveland is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Another city that attracts a wealth of Kent grads is New York; given its high compensation (approximately $64K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Though Canton takes the cake for lowest pay among Kent grads (the median salary is $48K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other common destinations for Kent grads include close-by Akron and Columbus.


Graduates of Kent can earn the biggest bucks at The Cleveland Clinic (around $60K). Students can expect to make the least amount of money at The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., where average salaries dwindle at $55K; however, this company remains one of the most popular places to work.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Doctorate (PhD) from Kent can rake in a whopping $81K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers the lowest annual financial reward ($35K).


Microsoft Office is a popular skill among Kent alumni, with one-tenth of grads reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Financial Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 34 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $68K). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just two-fifths of alumni report compensation for sick days and only one in four survey participants get vacation time. The greater part of graduates allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Dental insurance applies to a majority of graduates, and a solid majority of former students report health coverage. Alumni of Kent State University at Kent also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Wisconsin grads report the most similar salaries to Kent alums, earning $54K on average. The University of Toledo, West Virginia University, and Ohio University-Main Campus are also similar to Kent.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1390 1700
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for Kent State University (KSU)


54 %
46 %
$30,942 - $65,193
$35,453 - $82,464
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 364 votes.
$33,847 - $71,616
$32,919 - $68,506
$31,849 - $68,945
$30,828 - $65,662
$27,491 - $73,698

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