Average Salary for Luther College Alumni

Luther College is an Evangelical Lutheran Church university based in Decorah, Iowa that is home to around 2,000 undergraduates. Many students here pick up classes in the liberal arts and sciences. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Luther College Alumni

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About This School

700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101-1045



Private School, Liberal Arts, Religious

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Luther alumni can most commonly be found in the banking industry, magazine publishing, and the construction industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the retail industry. Those with an education from Luther earn an average of $55K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $51K on average compared to $62K for male graduates.


The Luther alumni who make the most are IT Business Analysts; they report a median pay of $71K. Web Designers draw in a fair amount as well — approximately $36K. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Senior Web Designers — they bring in about $35K.


A large number of students head to Minneapolis, Minn. after college. It is also not uncommon to find former Luther students living and working in Iowa City, Iowa — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $91K. Luther alumni in Rochester, Minn. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $48K. Luther alumni express interest in nearby Decorah, Iowa and St. Paul, Minn. as well.

Degree Major

A Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) will compensate Luther grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $97K on average per year. Those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $36K per year.


Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for Luther College grads — they earn 49 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Office is a common skill among Luther alumni — one-eighth of grads mention using it at work. Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Excel rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Close to half of the survey participants report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in five survey participants are paid for sick leave. A fair number of alums have medical plans, and more than half of survey participants have dental insurance. A strong majority of alumni set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Luther College alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Lawrence University grads (who make an average of around $56K) earn salaries most similar to Luther alumni. Carleton College, St Olaf College, and Ripon College are also similar to Luther.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1393 1828
ACT Scores 23 29

Key Stats for Luther College


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$34,690 - $76,000
$36,263 - $77,500

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
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