Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni Average Salary

Michigan State University is a school located in East Lansing, Mich. with around 38,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks 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., Grand Rapids, Mich., 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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College ROI Report

211th

20 Year Net ROI 

$403,000

Annual ROI 

8.4%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$100,000

Compare to Other Schools

College Salary Report

106th

Early Career Salary 

$85,700

Mid-Career Salary 

$129,000

% High Meaning 

47 %

Compare to Other Graduate Schools

Michigan State University (MSU) School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$80K$160K$240K
Packaging Engineer$68,888  
   
President$212,500  
Financial Analyst$50,988  
Account Manager$78,500  
Product Marketing Manager$95,000  
Software Developer$78,500  
Registered Nurse (RN)$47,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Jul 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 169

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About This School


East Lansing, MI 48824-1046

www.admissions.msu.edu/

37,985

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

77 %

20 %

50 %

21 %

Industry

Michigan State University alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the health care services industry, the automotive manufacturing industry, and the health care industry. A large chunk of former Michigan State University students are employed in the financial services industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Starting salaries of $62K are the median among Michigan State University grads.

Gender

A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only about $56K on average compared to $73K for male graduates.

Jobs

Former Michigan State University students with an interest in making money consider becoming Presidents, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $213K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Product Marketing Managers (around $95K) and Software Developers (approximately $79K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Registered Nurses; alumni in this role face average salaries of $47K.

Locations

Many Michigan State University grads flock to Grand Rapids, Mich. Another city that attracts a wealth of Michigan State University grads is New York, N.Y.; given its high compensation (about $87K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Though Detroit, Mich. takes the cake for lowest pay among Michigan State University grads (the median salary is $55K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other cities of interest include Chicago, Ill. and Lansing, Mich.

Degree Major

A B.A. in Accounting leads to the highest pay for Michigan State University grads ($130K on average per year). A Bachelor of Business (BB) offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($45K).

Skills

Many former Michigan State University students are familiar with Project Management, and just under one in five grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Former Spartans who have experience with Operations Management can expect to make 53 percent more than other alumni ($95K on average). Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. For this school, a large number of survey participants are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of alumni pick up dental plans, too. Most former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Michigan State University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages approximately $63K for University at Buffalo alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Michigan State University grads. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are also similar to Michigan State University.

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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)

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %
Salary
$31,996 - $71,767
Salary
$39,438 - $95,695

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%
$33,362 - $84,462
$25,760 - $99,008
$38,641 - $92,856
$70,000 - $124,450
Simons Foundation
$88,000
$55,000
$30,639 - $81,559
$51,208 - $94,000
$29,504 - $71,241
$53,644 - $76,807
$68,784 - $96,650

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