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 Champaign, Ill. This report is based on the responses of SIU graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 56

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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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SIU alumni can most commonly be found in IT services, the health care services industry, and the architectural and engineering services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular field is the health care industry. Those with an education from SIU earn an average of about $57K.


Male graduates of SIU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of approximately $66K versus $40K for women.


Home to a large number of SIU alums, St. Louis, Mo. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. It is no surprise that Chicago, Ill., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $40K), is another of the most popular spots for former SIU students. Though Champaign, Ill. takes the cake for lowest pay among SIU grads (the median salary is around $34K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other common destinations for SIU grads include close-by Carbondale, Ill. and Jacksonville, N.C.

Degree Major

SIU students with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to make the most money ($108K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $39K.


Former Salukis with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are nearly double other grads' salaries. SIU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Office, and roughly an eighth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, 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 large number of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Most former students receive health insurance, and a majority of respondents get dental coverage. Other benefits that Southern Illinois University Carbondale alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Kansas State University grads bring in salaries of around $57K, 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.

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


31 %
69 %
$22,510 - $83,524
$31,996 - $90,633

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$35,605 - $74,000
$36,777 - $67,300

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