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Average Salary for Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni

Around 37,000 undergrads attend Michigan State University, a public research school in East Lansing, Mich., grouped in the top 14 percent of universities by ROI, where they receive a great education with a lesser long-term cost. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Michigan State University (MSU) Details


East Lansing, MI 48824-1046


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State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

79 %


20 %

% Stay In State:

52 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

25 %
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Graduates of Michigan State University are found working in a number of different fields including the manufacturing industry, the health care industry, and the education industry. The most popular field is the automotive manufacturing industry. Following graduation, Michigan State University students earn an average of $65K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only about $58K on average compared to $73K for male graduates.


Michigan State University grads who become Veterinarians are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $81K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach approximately $78K and around $68K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Financial Analysts — they bring in $56K.


Those with a degree from Michigan State University often relocate to Chicago after college. It is no surprise that Detroit, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $67K), is another of the most popular spots for former Michigan State University students. Michigan State University alumni in Troy can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at approximately $53K. Close-by Lansing and Grand Rapids are also desirable cities among Michigan State University alumni.


PricewaterhouseCoopers is the top-paying employer among Michigan State University graduates with an average salary of $95K. In contrast, alums who work at the University of Michigan (U-M) face the lowest salaries at about $44K on average.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Michigan State University grads with a medical degree (earnings climb to $119K per year). A B.A. in Hospitality Management commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of around $42K.


Former Spartans who have experience with Leadership can expect to make 30 percent more than other alumni ($84K on average). Michigan State University grads are usually competent in Project Management, and about one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. A solid majority of alums receive health insurance, and most former students get dental coverage. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, the greater part of graduates contribute to a 401(k). Other benefits that Michigan State University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Wayne State University grads is approximately $64K, making their salaries most similar to those of Michigan State University grads. Other schools similar to Michigan State University include the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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SAT Scores 1430 1840
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats



44 %

female alumni


56 %

male alumni
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