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 14 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Wolverines!), but academics are extremely important, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the UMich grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor School Alumni

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Software Engineer
4 salaries
Design Architect
4 salaries
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer
3 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
3 salaries
Marketing Manager
2 salaries
Design Engineer
2 salaries
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 190

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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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The aerospace and defense industry, the manufacturing industry, and the consulting industry are just a few of the areas in which the UMich grads find work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the automotive manufacturing industry. In line with impressive SAT scores, UMich grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. Graduates of the UMich earn about $77K on average.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $62K where the average male graduate hauls home $85K.


Former UMich students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $115K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Information Technology Directors (approximately $100K) and Software Engineers ($85K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Copywriters — they bring in around $48K.


Detroit, Mich. is a hot spot for UMich alum. With a median salary of about $114K, San Francisco, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among UMich grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among UMich grads is New York, N.Y. (median compensation is $63K). Chicago, Ill. and Ann Arbor, Mich. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

Former Wolverines who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration and earn a median salary of around $148K per year. A Bachelor's Degree, Psychology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $32K.


Knowledge of C++ Programming Language seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 48 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($115K). Project Management is a common skill among UMich alumni — just under one in four grads mention using it at work. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; slightly less than half of the respondents report receiving the former, but only one-third of alumni report receiving the latter. The vast majority of respondents have medical plans, and a large number of graduates have dental insurance. Nearly all survey participants opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. University of Michigan graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Purdue University grads report the most similar salaries to UMich alums, earning $76K on average. Other schools similar to UMich include Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


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63 %
$38,230 - $83,698
$44,253 - $114,146

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$36,962 - $81,145
$30,609 - $100,229
$37,223 - $101,901
$40,268 - $110,893
$40,725 - $116,997
$36,228 - $140,517
$31,527 - $117,916
$41,500 - $100,000
$69,000 - $162,500

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