Northern Michigan University Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Marquette, Mich., Northern Michigan University, a school, has a student population of roughly 8,000. The data for this snapshot was collected from NMU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Nursing Home Administrator
2 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
2 salaries
2 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
2 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
2 salaries
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About This School

1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855


State School

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Graduates of NMU work in a variety of sectors including clinical care, the commercial construction industry, and the financial services industry. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of NMU is $50K.


NMU grads who become Information Technology Managers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average around $107K annually. However, Chief Financial Officers and Nursing Home Administrators also rank as top-earners (bringing in $104K and about $80K, respectively). On the lower end, Administrative Services Managers report making $35K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many NMU alumni (around one in ten) end up finding permanent jobs in Marquette. In addition, former NMU students often head to Detroit, Mich. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $80K in this top-paying city. Duluth, Minn. is a popular spot for former NMU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $43K. Other common destinations include Seattle, Wash. and Lansing, Mich.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) leads to the highest pay for NMU grads (around $97K on average per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with an Associate's Degree, Business Administration tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $35K per year.


Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is common among NMU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, close to one-eighth of former students report doing so. Former Wildcats who have experience with Leadership can expect to make 39 percent more than other alumni ($70K on average). Proficiency in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in four survey participants for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to most alumni, and more than half of alums sign up for dental plans. A large number of former students report contributing to a 401(k). Other benefits that Northern Michigan University alumni receive are a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Indiana University grads report the most similar salaries to NMU alums, earning $50K on average. 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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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Northern Michigan University


42 %
58 %
$34,592 - $63,939
$35,510 - $84,914
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 32 votes.

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