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Average Salary for Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni

Students looking for a top value school need look no further than Michigan State University, a public research university based in East Lansing, Mich., that is ranked in the top 14 percent of universities by ROI. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Packaging Engineer
39 salaries
Software Engineer
22 salaries
Operations Manager
18 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
18 salaries
Account Manager
18 salaries
Financial Analyst
17 salaries
17 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Jan 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,096
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About This School

East Lansing, MI 48824-1046



State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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Former Michigan State University students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the manufacturing industry, the health care industry, and the education industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry. The average salary for a grad from Michigan State University is $65K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $59K whereas the men's median is $73K.


Among Michigan State University alumni, those working as Veterinarians report the highest median pay of approximately $81K, followed by Software Engineers (about $79K), and Mechanical Engineers (around $69K). Financial Analysts get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of $56K in this job.


A large number of students head to Chicago after college. Another city that attracts a wealth of Michigan State University grads is Detroit; given its high compensation (approximately $68K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the far end of the pay scale, Michigan State University alumni often reside in Troy, which is home to the lowest pay at $54K. Nearby Lansing and Grand Rapids also rank high on the list of cities for Michigan State University grads.


Michigan State University grads can make the most money at Chrysler Group LLC.; average pay at this company is around $97K. Alumni looking to pad their bank accounts should steer clear of the University of Michigan (U-M); the median salary there is $44K, which is considerably lower than the overall median for all Michigan State University graduates.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Michigan State University alumni are those with a medical degree — they earn close to $117K per year. A B.A. in Hospitality Management commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of about $42K.


Project Management is a popular skill among Michigan State University alumni, with around one in six grads reporting using it on the job. For former Spartans, proficiency in Leadership warrants a paycheck that is 21 percent more than other alumni salaries. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

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 in four survey participants for sick time. A strong majority of former students save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that the greater part of alums are given health coverage, and most grads accept dental insurance. Michigan State University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Illinois at Chicago grads is $66K, making their salaries most similar to those of Michigan State University grads. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are also similar to Michigan State University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1430 1840
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats for Michigan State University (MSU)


44 %
56 %
$34,483 - $79,209
$40,850 - $98,967
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 693 votes.
$55,952 - $100,990
$33,798 - $92,368
$40,420 - $96,310
$62,773 - $110,000
$35,563 - $94,498
$39,564 - $86,367
$33,779 - $76,972
$39,340 - $81,324
$34,268 - $86,466

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