Average Salary for Kent State University (KSU) Alumni

Kent State University at Kent is a university based in Kent, Ohio that is home to around 23,000 undergraduates. The figures in this rundown were provided by Kent alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Kent State University (KSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Marketing Coordinator
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Graphic Designer
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Interior Designer
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Project Manager, Architecture
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Marketing Director
7 salaries
Design Architect
7 salaries
Marketing Manager
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 632
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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 health care industry, and the retail industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the manufacturing industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Kent is approximately $52K.


In the Kent alumni professional community, Marketing Directors make the highest median pay ($84K), though Marketing Managers ($71K), and Architecture Project Managers ($60K) are close competitors. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Marketing Coordinators — they bring in about $33K.


Many Kent grads end up living in Cleveland, Ohio, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. In addition, former Kent students often head to New York, N.Y. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $59K in this top-paying city. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with Kent alumni is Pittsburgh, Pa., which offers a median salary of around $49K. In addition, Kent grads flock to neighboring Akron, Ohio as well as Columbus, Ohio.

Degree Major

Kent grads who hold a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average about $98K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations (PR) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average approximately $31K per year.


Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is common among Kent alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, about one in ten former students report doing so. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Golden Flashes — they earn 13 percent more than their fellow graduates. In addition, those who are savvy in Customer Service, Microsoft Office, and Project Management are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. Dental insurance applies to a majority of alums, and most alumni report health coverage. A large number of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Kent State University at Kent alumni are also on the receiving end of 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.

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SAT Scores 1390 1700
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for Kent State University (KSU)


52 %
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$31,987 - $66,211
$34,037 - $82,737
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 171 votes.
$34,130 - $73,206
$32,760 - $68,970
$34,255 - $78,611
$28,234 - $62,604
$33,402 - $81,313

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