Average Salary for Northern Michigan University Alumni

Northern Michigan University, a school in Marquette, Mich., has roughly 8,000 undergrads. This report is based on the answers of NMU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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.
Information Technology (IT) Manager
4 salaries
Administrative Services Manager
2 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
2 salaries
2 salaries
Construction Superintendent
2 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
2 salaries
Programmer Analyst
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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About This School

1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855



State School

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NMU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the financial services industry, the manufacturing industry, and clinical care. Among NMU grads, the health care industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average starting salary for a graduate of NMU is around $51K.


In the NMU alumni professional community, Information Technology Managers make the highest median pay (approximately $107K), though Safety Managers and Construction Superintendents (both at $70K) are close competitors. Administrative Services Managers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $35K in this job.


One-eighth of NMU grads stay in Marquette, Mich., even though it offers the lowest median pay (about $50K). On the opposite end of the pay scale is Detroit, Mich., a top-paying city for NMU grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of $81K). Other common destinations include Seattle, Wash. and Lansing, Mich.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) will compensate NMU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $97K on average per year. An Associate's Degree, Business Administration is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $36K.


Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 37 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($70K). Microsoft Excel is a common skill among NMU alumni — roughly an eighth of grads mention using it at work. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Operations Management.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in four survey participants enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of graduates opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Most alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of survey participants receive dental plans, too. Northern Michigan University grads are also lucky enough to receive a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

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

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Test Scores

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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Northern Michigan University


42 %
58 %
$34,751 - $64,642
$35,631 - $87,339
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 40 votes.
$32,918 - $83,424
$67,617 - $90,125

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