For Northwest alumni — a demographic with impressive SAT scores — salaries actually come in on the lower end. The average starting salary for a graduate of Northwest is $40K.
After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $63K per year compared to females' $37K.
Northwest students with a Master of Science (MS) can expect to make the most money (about $74K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Graduates holding a Master of Business Administration (MBA) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of around $34K.
Microsoft Office is a popular skill among Northwest alumni, with slightly less than a third of workers reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Office commands a pay premium of 61 percent for former Bearcats. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Microsoft Word command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Benefits and Perks
In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most graduates contribute to a 401(k). It is no small feat that most respondents are given health coverage, and a majority of former students accept dental insurance. Northwest Missouri State University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Among alumni of similar schools, Emporia State University grads (who make an average of $51K) earn salaries most similar to Northwest alumni. Other schools similar to Northwest include the University of Central Missouri, Western Illinois University, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.