Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni Average Salary

Michigan State University is a school located in East Lansing, Mich. with around 38,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks 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., Chicago, Ill., and Grand Rapids, Mich. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Account Manager
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Software Developer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,936
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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 work in a variety of sectors including the manufacturing industry, the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, and the software development industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry. Starting salaries of approximately $65K are the median among Michigan State University grads.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $57K whereas the men's median is $73K.


The biggest paychecks among Michigan State University alumni are earned by Presidents — these former students make around $195K on average per year. The next biggest paychecks ($77K) go to Project Engineers and Construction Project Managers. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Financial Analysts who make an average of $52K.


Detroit, Mich. is filled with Michigan State University grads. Another city that attracts a wealth of Michigan State University grads is New York, N.Y.; given its high compensation (about $93K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Though Troy, Mich. takes the cake for lowest pay among Michigan State University grads (the median salary is around $46K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Chicago, Ill. and Grand Rapids, Mich. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

Michigan State University grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $120K per year. Graduates holding an Associate's Degree fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $45K.


Former Spartans who have experience with Strategic Planning can expect to make 51 percent more than other alumni ($97K on average). Michigan State University alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with a little less than one-fifth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. Most survey participants have medical plans, and a fair number of grads have dental insurance. A large number of grads report contributing to a 401(k). Other benefits awarded to Michigan State University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Illinois at Chicago grads (who make an average of $66K) 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 Wisconsin-Madison.

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Key Stats for Michigan State University (MSU)


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$33,913 - $78,189
$41,698 - $100,172
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
$35,900 - $84,326
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