Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni Average Salary

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at Michigan State University, a university based in East Lansing, Mich.. The school is ranked in the top 16 percent of universities by return on investment. The school attracts plenty of sports fans (Go Spartans!) to its rural campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Detroit, Mich., Chicago, Ill., and Lansing, Mich. The data for this snapshot was collected from Michigan State University graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Packaging Engineer
21 salaries
Financial Analyst
13 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
11 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Director
10 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
9 salaries
Software Developer
9 salaries
Project Engineer
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,189
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About This School

East Lansing, MI 48824-1046



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Michigan State University alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the manufacturing industry, the software development industry, and the education industry. The automotive manufacturing industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former Michigan State University graduates bring in approximately $66K on average.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $75K per year, but the second group takes home only $59K.


Among Michigan State University alumni, those working as Human Resources Directors report the highest median pay of around $100K, followed by Project Engineers ($78K), and Construction Project Managers ($76K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Financial Analysts; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $56K.


Many Michigan State University grads end up living in Detroit, Mich., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Michigan State University grads also flock to Chicago, Ill., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $71K). On the other hand, Michigan State University alumni who end up in Lansing, Mich. receive the lowest median salary of about $53K. Other popular cities for Michigan State University alumni include nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. and Ann Arbor, Mich.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Michigan State University alumni are those with a medical degree — they earn close to approximately $119K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Journalism are the lowest of the pack, earning $40K.


Nearly one-sixth of Michigan State University grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Spartans with Strategic Planning experience garner salaries that are 42 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). A large number of alums save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. For this school, most grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of graduates pick up dental plans, too. Michigan State University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Illinois at Chicago grads (who make an average of $66K) earn salaries most similar to Michigan State University alumni. Other schools similar to Michigan State University include the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1430 1850
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats for Michigan State University (MSU)


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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 284 votes.
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