Average Salary for Kent State University (KSU) Alumni

Around 23,000 people attend Kent State University at Kent, a 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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Marketing Manager
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Design Architect
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Marketing Coordinator
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Graphic Designer
10 salaries
Interior Designer
8 salaries
Marketing Director
7 salaries
Project Manager, Architecture
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 746

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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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Graduates of Kent work in a variety of sectors including the architectural services industry, the education industry, and the health care industry. A large chunk of former Kent students are employed in the manufacturing industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. The average starting salary for a graduate of Kent is $51K.


In the Kent alumni professional community, Marketing Directors make the highest median pay ($84K), though Marketing Managers (approximately $68K), and Architecture Project Managers (about $60K) are close competitors. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Marketing Coordinators — they bring in around $33K.


The most popular destination for former Kent students is Cleveland, Ohio. New York, N.Y. is also a common destination for Kent grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $60K. On the other hand, Kent alumni who end up in Canton, Ohio receive the lowest median salary of $48K. Graduates of Kent also relocate to Akron, Ohio, which is not far away, and Columbus, Ohio.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $90K per year, former Golden Flashes who have a Doctorate (PhD) are the best paid among the alumni population. 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 $30K per year.


Kent grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and around one in ten alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Knowledge of Financial Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 36 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $69K). Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service are among other dominant skills.

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-fourth of alumni for sick time. A large number of grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Most former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while the larger part of survey participants receive dental plans, too. Kent State University at Kent graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Wisconsin pick up average paychecks of $54K, which is closest to the amount made by Kent grads among similar schools. 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)


54 %
46 %
$31,500 - $65,687
$34,522 - $81,622
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 222 votes.
$34,254 - $72,188
$32,906 - $67,206
$30,756 - $80,000
$30,057 - $68,163
$34,392 - $80,473

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