Average Salary for Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus Alumni

Around 14,000 people attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a public research institution based in Carbondale, Ill. The school attracts plenty of sports fans (Go Salukis!) to its rural campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Chicago, St. Louis, and Carbondale. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Operations Manager
7 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Executive Director
6 salaries
Electrical Engineer
6 salaries
Industrial Engineer
5 salaries
Production Supervisor
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 735
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About This School

Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901-4512

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale, Southern Illinois University (SIU)



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of SIU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the education industry, the manufacturing industry, and the aerospace and defense industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the health care industry. SIU graduates see an estimated starting salary of $60K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes about $51K where the average male graduate hauls home approximately $70K.


SIU grads who become Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $76K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Electrical Engineers and Account Managers; their salaries approach around $75K and $73K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Operations Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $51K.


The most popular destination for former SIU students is Chicago. It is no surprise that Dallas, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $84K), is another of the most popular spots for former SIU students. Many former Salukis consider Carbondale a second home, and it is typical to find a large population of former students living in the area despite its lower-than-average median pay ($36K). Other common destinations include St. Louis and Marion.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid SIU alumni are those with a medical degree — they earn close to $160K per year. Annual salaries for those with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) are the lowest of the pack, earning about $50K.


Former Salukis who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 32 percent more than other alumni (approximately $80K on average). Close to one-seventh of SIU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in three grads, respectively). For this school, a solid majority of former students are the recipients of health benefits, and most alums pick up dental plans, too. A solid majority of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Graduates of Southern Illinois University Carbondale are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Memphis grads is $60K, making their salaries most similar to those of SIU grads. Ohio University-Main Campus, the University of Mississippi, and Kansas State University are also similar to SIU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
920 1210
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats for Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus


36 %
64 %
$33,114 - $71,622
$40,014 - $90,303
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 299 votes.
$38,603 - $91,404
$34,705 - $81,606
$25,028 - $48,339
$41,106 - $109,073
$49,225 - $109,875

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