Southern Methodist University (SMU) Alumni Average Salary

Attending Southern Methodist University, an United Methodist university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Dallas, Texas, and it is ranked in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Mustangs!), but academics are extremely important, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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College ROI Report

379th

20 Year Net ROI 

$344,000

Annual ROI 

4.7%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$240,000

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College Salary Report

133rd

Early Career Salary 

$51,700

Mid-Career Salary 

$93,500

% High Meaning 

48 %

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Southern Methodist University (SMU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$32K$64K$96K
Marketing Manager
25 salaries
$65,090  
   
Financial Analyst
17 salaries
$57,284  
Associate Attorney
17 salaries
$78,611  
Attorney / Lawyer
16 salaries
$90,000  
Marketing Director
15 salaries
$95,437  
Senior Financial Analyst
14 salaries
$80,000  
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
$77,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,165
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About This School

6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275-0221

6,357

Private School, Research University, Religious, For Sports Fans

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Industry

Graduates of SMU work in a variety of sectors including the financial services industry, the software development industry, and the real estate development industry. The most popular field is the aerospace and defense industry. Very few SMU grads go into the banking industry; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. Starting salaries of around $72K are the median among SMU grads.

Gender

It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of about $59K whereas the men's median is $86K.

Jobs

Among SMU graduates, the biggest earners are Principal Systems Engineers, who haul in approximately $124K on average. Next on the list are Marketing Directors and Senior Software Engineers, bringing in $92K each. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Marketing Coordinators; alumni in this role face average salaries of $48K.

Locations

For reasons other than money, SMU grads are most commonly found still living in Dallas, Texas, where median pay sits at the bottom of the pay scale ($68K). For those seeking more money, San Francisco, Calif. is a popular destination for former SMU students; median pay is $110K. SMU alumni express interest in nearby Houston, Texas and Austin, Texas as well.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Doctorate (PhD) from SMU can rake in a whopping average approximately $163K per year, more than any other degree from this school. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (around $43K on average annually).

Skills

Former Mustangs with Systems Engineering experience garner salaries that are 45 percent more than other grads' salaries. SMU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and just under one in five alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Marketing Management, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in four survey participants, respectively). Most former students plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. It is no small feat that most graduates are given health coverage, and a fair number of alumni accept dental insurance. Southern Methodist University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Alumni of Catholic University of America pick up average paychecks of $73K, which is closest to the amount made by SMU grads among similar schools. Saint Louis University-Main Campus, the University of Denver, and Claremont Graduate University are also similar to SMU.

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Key Stats for Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %
Salary
$39,643 - $72,812
Salary
$54,300 - $116,426
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
$40,787 - $87,623
$50,335 - $125,674
$50,335 - $122,172
$67,482 - $85,360

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