Northern Michigan University Alumni Average Salary

Northern Michigan University is a university based in Marquette, Mich. that is home to around 8,000 undergraduates. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Northern Michigan University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Information Technology (IT) Manager
4 salaries
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Programmer Analyst
2 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
2 salaries
Nursing Home Administrator
2 salaries
Legal Assistant
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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 health care services industry, and the commercial construction industry. Among NMU grads, the health care industry is a commonly chosen career field. Following graduation, NMU students earn an average of $51K.


Former NMU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Information Technology Managers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to about $107K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Chief Financial Officers ($104K) and Construction Superintendents ($70K). 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.


Close to an eighth of NMU grads stay in Marquette, Mich., even though it offers the lowest median pay (around $50K). However, NMU grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Detroit, Mich. — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of approximately $81K. Green Bay, Wisc. and Lansing, Mich. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid NMU alumni are those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) — they earn close to $97K on average per year. Those with an Associate's Degree, Business Administration face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $36K per year.


Former Wildcats who have experience with People Management can expect to make 38 percent more than other alumni (around $70K on average). Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among NMU alumni, with nearly one-eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Operations Management are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in four survey participants enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of survey participants, and the larger part of former students sign up for dental plans. Most respondents participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Other benefits that Northern Michigan University alumni receive are a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Wisconsin grads report the most similar salaries to NMU alums, earning $51K on average. The University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls are also similar to NMU.

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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Northern Michigan University


43 %
57 %
$34,751 - $64,642
$35,366 - $84,228
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 36 votes.

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