Average Salary for Kent State University (KSU) Alumni

Nestled away in Kent, Ohio, Kent State University at Kent, a school, has a student population of roughly 23,000. The data for this synopsis comes from former Kent students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Kent State University (KSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Marketing Coordinator
10 salaries
Graphic Designer
9 salaries
Design Architect
8 salaries
Interior Designer
8 salaries
Project Manager, Architecture
7 salaries
Marketing Director
7 salaries
Marketing Manager
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 669

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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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Former Kent students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the architectural services industry, the education industry, and the health care industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the manufacturing industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Kent is $51K.


The Kent alumni who make the most are Marketing Directors; they report a median pay of about $84K. Marketing Managers and Architecture Project Managers draw in a fair amount as well — around $71K and $60K, respectively. Marketing Coordinators get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $33K in this job.


Home to a large number of Kent alums, Cleveland, Ohio is by far the most attractive city for these former students. With a median salary of $70K, Youngstown, Ohio represents the highest-paid city popular among Kent grads. Pittsburgh, Pa. is a popular spot for former Kent students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $49K. Kent alumni express interest in nearby Akron, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio as well.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) will compensate Kent grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $98K on average per year. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations (PR) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $30K per year.


Financial Analysis commands a pay premium of 44 percent for former Golden Flashes. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among Kent alumni, with around one in ten workers reporting using it on the job. Competency in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of graduates, and the larger part of alumni sign up for dental plans. To plan for old age, most respondents maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Other benefits awarded to Kent State University at Kent alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Wisconsin grads bring in salaries of around about $54K, making them the most similar to Kent alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to Kent include the University of Toledo, West Virginia University, and Ohio University-Main Campus.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Kent State University (KSU)


53 %
47 %
$31,727 - $66,401
$34,024 - $82,360
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 207 votes.
$34,349 - $72,801
$33,219 - $68,454
$30,737 - $81,313
$29,200 - $65,837
$34,392 - $80,473

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