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

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a school in Carbondale, Ill., has roughly 13,000 undergrads. 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. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus Alumni

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Operations Manager
7 salaries
Electrical Engineer
6 salaries
Executive Director
6 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Production Supervisor
5 salaries
Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 677

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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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Graduates of SIU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the manufacturing industry, the education industry, and the retail industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. A large chunk of former SIU students are employed in the health care industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Graduates of SIU earn approximately $60K on average.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $51K on average compared to $69K for male graduates.


The biggest paychecks among SIU alumni are earned by Electrical Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $81K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Software Engineers (about $75K) and Executive Directors ($70K). Salaries are anything but generous for Assistant Professors, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $51K.


Many SIU grads end up living in Chicago, Ill., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. It is no surprise that Dallas, Texas, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is approximately $85K), is another of the most popular spots for former SIU students. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Carbondale at about $36K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Southern Illinois University Carbondale grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Other popular cities include St. Louis, Mo. and Marion, Ill.

Degree Major

Former Salukis who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn a median salary of $206K per year. A master's in social work is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $36K.


Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 35 percent for former Salukis. Many former SIU students are familiar with Project Management, and around a seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a strong majority of survey participants are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of alums report dental coverage, too. A strong majority of grads plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Southern Illinois University Carbondale grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $60K for Oklahoma State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to SIU grads. Other schools similar to SIU include the University of Memphis, Ohio University-Main Campus, and the University of Mississippi.

Test Scores

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

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


37 %
63 %
$33,105 - $69,937
$39,792 - $88,986
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 194 votes.

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