Southern Methodist University (SMU) Alumni Average Salary

Southern Methodist University is an United Methodist school located in Dallas, Texas with around 6,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment. Though student life tends to revolve around sports, Southern Methodist University is also home to some of the brightest undergraduates in the country, and academics are highly valued. Replies from former SMU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Southern Methodist University (SMU) Alumni

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,133

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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the financial services industry, the real estate industry, and the entertainment or video game software development industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. A large chunk of former SMU students are employed in the aerospace and defense industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Former SMU graduates bring in $72K on average.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average around $83K per year compared to females' about $61K.


The SMU alumni who make the most are Marketing Directors; they report a median pay of $76K. Senior Financial Analysts and Directors of Operations draw in a fair amount as well — approximately $72K and $60K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Marketing Managers who make an average of $54K.


More often than not, SMU grads continue living in Dallas, Texas (around half of former students to be exact) even though the average salary here takes last place on the pay scale (around $64K). SMU grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in Los Angeles, Calif. — pay averages to $183K. SMU alumni express interest in nearby Austin, Texas and San Francisco, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from SMU can rake in a whopping average $194K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (approximately $52K).


Former Mustangs with C++ Programming Language experience garner salaries that are 43 percent more than other grads' salaries. Project Management is a common skill among SMU alumni — approximately one in seven grads mention using it at work. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Marketing Management, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-sixth of alumni for sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most survey participants are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of survey participants report dental coverage, too. Most graduates save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Additional perks enjoyed by Southern Methodist University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Catholic University of America grads report the most similar salaries to SMU alums, earning $72K on average. Other schools similar to SMU include Saint Louis University-Main Campus, the University of Denver, and Claremont Graduate University.

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