Southern Methodist University (SMU) Alumni Average Salary

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than Southern Methodist University. It is an United Methodist university based in Dallas, Texas that is ranked in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have a dominant presence on campus, but study habits are taken seriously as well, and students report above-average test scores. The data in this summary come from SMU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Southern Methodist University (SMU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Marketing Manager
21 salaries
Associate Attorney
18 salaries
Financial Analyst
16 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
14 salaries
Marketing Director
14 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,157

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About This School

6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275-0221


Private School, Research University, Religious, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of SMU work in a variety of sectors including the financial services industry, the real estate industry, and the entertainment or video game software development industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the aerospace and defense industry. Following graduation, SMU students earn an average of about $73K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $61K per year compared to men, who earn $85K.


In the SMU alumni professional community, Senior Financial Analysts make the highest median pay (approximately $80K), though Marketing Directors (around $76K), and Directors of Operations ($60K) are close competitors. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Marketing Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $54K.


One-half of SMU students choose to remain in Dallas, Texas after graduation, where the average salary is actually the lowest at $64K. On the flipside, SMU grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in Los Angeles, Calif. where median pay is $183K. Other popular cities for SMU alumni include nearby Austin, Texas and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) leads to the highest pay for SMU grads ($194K on average per year). Graduates holding a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of about $52K.


Financial Analysis commands a pay premium of 138 percent for former Mustangs. Many former SMU students are familiar with Project Management, and about a seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Marketing Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in seven survey participants get sick time. A large number of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. It is no small feat that a large number of respondents are given health coverage, and a fair number of former students accept dental insurance. Southern Methodist University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Brigham Young University grads bring in salaries of around $73K, making them the most similar to SMU alumni in terms of earnings. Saint Louis University-Main Campus, the University of Denver, and Claremont Graduate University are also similar to SMU.

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