Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 38,000 undergrads attend Michigan State University, a school in East Lansing, Mich.. The school sits 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 numbers in this rundown were provided by the Michigan State University grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni

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Packaging Engineer
83 salaries
Marketing Manager
37 salaries
33 salaries
Account Manager
32 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
31 salaries
Software Engineer
30 salaries
Operations Manager
29 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,980

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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, the health care industry, and the health care services industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the financial services industry. The average salary for a grad from Michigan State University is $64K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes about $59K where the average male graduate hauls home $75K.


The biggest paychecks among Michigan State University alumni are earned by Presidents — these former students make a median salary of $213K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Information Technology Directors (around $75K) and Packaging Engineers (approximately $69K). Landscape Architects get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $48K in this job.


A large number of students head to Chicago, Ill. after college. It is also not uncommon to find former Michigan State University students living and working in New York, N.Y. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $87K. 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 $56K. Close-by Grand Rapids, Mich. and Lansing, Mich. are also desirable cities among Michigan State University alumni.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of about $133K per year, former Spartans who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in Criminal Justice commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $45K.


For former Spartans, proficiency in Operations Management warrants a paycheck that is 49 percent more than other alumni salaries. Michigan State University alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with just under one in five grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Budget Management rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for nearly half of the survey participants, but only one in three grads are rewarded with paid sick leave. A large number of grads participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of survey participants, and most survey participants report health coverage. Michigan State University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University at Buffalo grads is $64K, 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 Illinois at Chicago are also similar to Michigan State University.

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Key Stats for Michigan State University (MSU)


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$34,159 - $76,778
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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$34,659 - $86,414
$25,760 - $99,008
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$30,913 - $86,358
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