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Average Salary for Northern Michigan University Alumni

Located in Marquette, Mich., roughly 8,000 students call Northern Michigan University home for four years. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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
5 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
3 salaries
Executive Assistant
2 salaries
Programmer Analyst
2 salaries
Administrative Services Manager
2 salaries
Construction Superintendent
2 salaries
Legal Assistant
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146

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About This School

1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855



State School

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Former NMU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health care services industry, the financial services industry, and the food manufacturing industry. The health care industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Following graduation, NMU students earn an average of $52K.


The biggest paychecks among NMU alumni are earned by Chief Financial Officers — these former students make approximately $93K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Information Technology Managers (about $85K) and Financial Controllers (around $56K). Administrative Services Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $35K.


Infamous for its meager salaries (average pay is the lowest at $43K), approximately one in eight NMU students still call Marquette their home after graduation. On the other hand, NMU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Green Bay, which offers median salaries of $90K. Seattle is also a top pick, as is Chicago.

Degree Major

NMU grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Business & Information Technology (IT) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $106K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a bachelor's degree in social work (approximately $37K annually).


NMU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with nearly one-tenth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 28 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $67K). Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Operations Management.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just one in three grads report compensation for sick days and only one in three grads get vacation time. Health coverage is awarded to the greater part of alums, and dental insurance is issued to a majority of the survey participants as well. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, the greater part of respondents contribute to a 401(k). Graduates of Northern Michigan University are also recipients of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Winona State University grads bring in salaries of around $53K, making them the most similar to NMU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are also similar to NMU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
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ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Northern Michigan University


42 %
58 %
$31,134 - $65,383
$36,947 - $80,784
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 79 votes.
$29,646 - $61,496
$55,233 - $88,559
$49,000 - $96,650
$55,273 - $81,389
$43,564 - $65,000

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