University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Alumni Average Salary

The University of Michigan is a school located in Ann Arbor, Mich. with around 28,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 6 percent of universities by return on investment. Most often cast as a die-hard sports school first, University of Michigan students study hard as they cheer on the Wolverines. English is one of the most popular majors at the University of Michigan, and the student ranks boast SAT and ACT test scores that sit well above the national average. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Software Engineer
26 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
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Project Engineer
14 salaries
Design Architect
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Senior Software Engineer
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Executive Director
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Electrical Engineer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,082
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About This School

503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan - Main Campus


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the UMich work in a variety of sectors including the education industry, the software development industry, and the consulting industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry. Consistent with the high SAT scores and graduation rates reported by UMich alumni, former students go on to earn high salaries. Median pay for those who graduated from the UMich amounts to approximately $76K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in around $84K after graduating from UMich, the average woman earns only $64K.


UMich grads who become Aerospace Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $84K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach $77K and about $75K, respectively. Industrial Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $57K.


For reasons other than money, UMich grads are most commonly found still living in Ann Arbor, Mich., where median pay sits at the bottom of the pay scale ($65K). Seattle, Wash. is on the other end of the salary spectrum, offering top-notch pay and a median salary of around $102K; it's no wonder that UMich grads are attracted to this city. In addition, grads flock to Chicago, Ill. as well as New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate UMich grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $197K on average per year. Those with a Master of Architecture (MArch) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average approximately $52K per year.


Competency in Strategic Planning translates into above-average pay for former Wolverines — they earn 38 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among UMich alumni, with a little less than a fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to most survey participants, and a fair number of graduates sign up for dental plans. A large number of alums participate in a 401(k) program. Other benefits awarded to University of Michigan alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Purdue University grads (who make an average of about $73K) earn salaries most similar to UMich alumni. Other schools similar to UMich include Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1910 2210
ACT Scores 28 32

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