Average Salary for Kent State University (KSU) Alumni

Around 23,000 people attend Kent State University at Kent, a institution based in Kent, Ohio. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Kent State University (KSU) 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.
Marketing Coordinator
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Graphic Designer
9 salaries
Interior Designer
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Design Architect
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Project Manager, Architecture
7 salaries
Marketing Manager
7 salaries
Marketing Director
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 659
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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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Kent alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the architectural services industry, the education industry, and the health care industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the manufacturing industry. Starting salaries of $51K are the median among Kent grads.


The biggest paychecks among Kent alumni are earned by Marketing Directors — these former students make a median salary of about $84K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Marketing Managers ($71K) and Architecture Project Managers (around $60K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Marketing Coordinators; alumni in this role face average salaries of $33K.


Cleveland, Ohio is a hot spot for Kent alum. Another city that attracts a wealth of Kent grads is Youngstown, Ohio; given its high compensation (approximately $65K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Though Pittsburgh, Pa. takes the cake for lowest pay among Kent grads (the median salary is $49K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other common destinations for Kent grads include close-by Akron, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) will compensate Kent grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $98K on average per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $34K.


Former Golden Flashes with People Management experience garner salaries that are 16 percent more than other grads' salaries. Microsoft Excel is a common skill among Kent alumni — one-tenth of grads mention using it at work. Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most graduates are rewarded with health insurance and a majority of alumni report dental coverage, too. Most former students participate in a 401(k) program. Kent State University at Kent grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $54K for University of Wisconsin alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Kent grads. 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)


53 %
47 %
$31,707 - $66,195
$34,115 - $82,940
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 195 votes.
$52,381 - $106,500
$34,157 - $72,893
$33,137 - $68,711
$30,674 - $82,353
$28,234 - $62,604
$34,255 - $81,375

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