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Average Salary for University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than the University of Michigan, a public research university based in Ann Arbor, Mich., that is ranked in the top 5 percent of universities by ROI. Most often cast as a die-hard sports school first, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor students study hard as they cheer on the Wolverines. English is one of the most popular majors at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, and the student ranks boast SAT and ACT test scores well above average. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Software Engineer
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Mechanical Engineer
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Project Engineer
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Senior Software Engineer
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Executive Director
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Aerospace Engineer
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Electrical Engineer
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Details


503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Also Known As:

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

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State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

91 %


28 %

% Stay In State:

44 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

16 %
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Former UMich students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the education industry, the health care industry, and the software development industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the automotive manufacturing industry. UMich graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores and graduation rate. Graduates of UMich typically earn $76K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $65K where the average male graduate hauls home about $84K.


Among UMich graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Software Engineers, who haul in approximately $103K on average. Next on the list are Aerospace Engineers and Mechanical Engineers, bringing in $84K and $77K, respectively. Executive Directors get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of around $65K in this job.


For reasons other than money, UMich grads are most commonly found still living in Ann Arbor, where median pay sits at the bottom of the pay scale (about $65K). Alternatively, Seattle is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is $106K — which is an (obvious) draw for many UMich grads. Chicago and New York also rank high on the list of cities.


For above-average pay, former UMich students find their way to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) — the company offers unbeatable salaries at approximately $97K. In contrast, the University of Michigan (U-M) ranks much lower on the pay scale; the median salary there is around $71K.

Degree Major

Former Wolverines who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn $185K per year. Those holding a master's in social work are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $53K per year.


Financial Analysis commands a pay premium of 21 percent for former Wolverines. Around a sixth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. For this school, the greater part of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and most respondents pick up dental plans, too. The greater part of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that University of Michigan alumni receive are 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 $73K) earn salaries most similar to UMich alumni. Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are also similar to UMich.

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SAT Scores 1880 2180
ACT Scores 28 32

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