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

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 Champaign, Ill. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Mechanical Engineer
15 salaries
Operations Manager
15 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
13 salaries
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Manufacturing Engineer
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Account Manager
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Electrical Engineer
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,457

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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 health care industry, the health care services industry, and the architectural and engineering services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. IT services registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of SIU is approximately $56K.


Male graduates of SIU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $67K versus around $41K for women.


St. Louis, Mo. is a hub for SIU graduates — a large number call this city home. In addition, former SIU students often head to Chicago, Ill. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $40K in this top-paying city. Home to the lowest median salary for SIU alumni is Champaign, Ill., a popular place for former students despite its $34K average paycheck. Close-by Carbondale, Ill. and Jacksonville, N.C. are also desirable cities among SIU alumni.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) will compensate SIU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $108K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management are the lowest of the pack, earning about $39K.


Former Salukis with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are double other grads' salaries. SIU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Office, and close to a tenth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. In addition, those who are savvy in Customer Service, Operations Management, and Accounting are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Dental insurance applies to more than half of former students, and a large number of respondents report health coverage. A large number of alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Other benefits awarded to Southern Illinois University Carbondale alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Kansas State University grads report the most similar salaries to SIU alums, earning around $57K on average. The University of Memphis, Ohio University-Main Campus, and the University of Mississippi are also similar to SIU.

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