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

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a university based in Carbondale, Ill. that is home to around 13,000 undergraduates. 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, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., and Carbondale, Ill. This summary is derived from information given by SIU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Operations Manager
15 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
13 salaries
12 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
11 salaries
Electrical Engineer
10 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Director
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Jun 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,476
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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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Former SIU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the education industry, the manufacturing industry, and the retail industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. Median pay for those who graduated from SIU amounts to $58K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $49K on average compared to $69K for male graduates.


In the SIU alumni professional community, Sales Directors make the highest median pay (approximately $100K), though Electrical Engineers (about $77K), and Executive Directors ($73K) are close competitors. Sliding in near the bottom are Land Surveyors, who report earnings of $48K.


The most popular destination for former SIU students is Chicago, Ill. The top-paying city popular with SIU alumni is Denver, Colo., which offers a median salary of approximately $89K. Many former Salukis can't resist staying in Carbondale after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($35K). St. Louis, Mo. is also a common pick among SIU grads, along with Marion, Ill.

Degree Major

Former Salukis who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) and earn a median salary of around $89K per year. A Master of Accounting (MAcc) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $36K.


Project Management is a popular skill among SIU alumni, with one-eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. Former Salukis with Engineering Design abilities can expect to make 50 percent more than their former classmates (about $87K). Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A fair number of graduates plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of alums, and a strong majority of alumni report health coverage. Alumni of Southern Illinois University Carbondale also take in a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

West Virginia University grads bring in salaries of around $59K, making them the most similar to SIU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to SIU include the University of Memphis, Ohio University-Main Campus, and the University of Mississippi.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

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