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.
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.
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.