Average Salary for Northern Michigan University Alumni

Around 8,000 people attend Northern Michigan University, a institution based in Marquette, Mich. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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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

Northern Michigan University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Information Technology (IT) Manager
4 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
3 salaries
2 salaries
Administrative Services Manager
2 salaries
Legal Assistant
2 salaries
Programmer Analyst
2 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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About This School

1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855



State School

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Graduates of NMU go into the education industry, the financial services industry, and clinical care, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. NMU graduates see an average starting salary of $51K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid NMU alumni, making approximately $108K on average every year, though Information Technology Managers (about $105K), and Chief Financial Officers (around $100K) are not far behind. Administrative Services Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $35K.


It is typical for many NMU grads (around a tenth of former students) to remain in Marquette, Mich., which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is $41K). NMU alumni in search of the largest paycheck, on the other hand, will find it in Detroit, Mich. where $81K is the average pay. Seattle, Wash. is also a common pick among NMU grads, along with Lansing, Mich.

Degree Major

Former Wildcats who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and earn a median salary of $97K per year. Average annual salaries for those with an Associate's Degree, Business Administration are the lowest of the pack, earning around $38K.


Former Wildcats who have experience with Leadership can expect to make 32 percent more than other alumni (approximately $67K on average). Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among NMU alumni, with around one in ten grads reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Operations Management.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. Health benefits extend to a large number of alums, and more than half of grads also receive dental coverage. Most graduates set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits that Northern Michigan University alumni receive are a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

SUNY at Fredonia graduates, who earn $51K on average, make a similar amount to NMU grads. Other schools similar to NMU include the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
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* SAT writing score is not included.
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Northern Michigan University


41 %
59 %
$35,311 - $64,686
$35,943 - $82,503
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 52 votes.
$34,082 - $80,576
$43,564 - $65,000
$67,617 - $90,125

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