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., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Chicago, Ill. 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) School Alumni

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Financial Analyst
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Marketing Assistant
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172

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East Lansing, MI 48824-1046



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Michigan State University head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the health care industry, the health care services industry, and the mortgage lending, loans, or credit products industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. Among Michigan State University grads, the financial services industry is a commonly chosen career field. Starting salaries of $63K are the median among Michigan State University grads.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $74K, but the median for the latter is only approximately $58K.


The biggest paychecks among Michigan State University alumni are earned by Presidents — these former students make a median salary of around $213K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Computer Scientists (about $105K) and Construction Project Managers ($93K). Financial Analysts get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $51K in this job.


Grand Rapids, Mich. is filled with Michigan State University grads. San Francisco, Calif. is also a common destination for Michigan State University grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $124K. Michigan State University alumni in Detroit, Mich. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $55K. Other common destinations include Chicago, Ill. and Lansing, Mich.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Michigan State University alumni are those with a B.A. in Accounting — they earn close to about $130K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Business (BB) (around $45K on average annually).


Proficiency in Project Management is common among Michigan State University alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, a little less than a fifth of former students report doing so. For former Spartans, proficiency in Strategic Planning warrants a paycheck that is 56 percent more than other alumni salaries. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most respondents are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of graduates report dental coverage, too. Most survey participants save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Graduates of Michigan State University are also recipients of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University at Buffalo grads (who make an average of $63K) 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 Illinois at Chicago.

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SAT Scores 1430 1850
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats for Michigan State University (MSU)


44 %
56 %
$33,362 - $74,403
$39,812 - $99,032

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$34,188 - $85,351
$25,760 - $99,008
$38,641 - $92,856
$70,000 - $124,450
Simons Foundation
$30,639 - $81,559
$51,208 - $94,000
$53,644 - $76,807
$41,500 - $72,500
$56,993 - $69,079

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