Average Salary for University of Missouri - Columbia Alumni

Attending the University of Missouri, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Columbia, Mo., and it is ranked in the top 23 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Tigers!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Mizzou grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Missouri - Columbia Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
11 salaries
Electrical Engineer
10 salaries
Business Analyst (Unspecified Type)
9 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
9 salaries
Office Manager
8 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
8 salaries
Software Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 763

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About This School

105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

University of Missouri - Main Campus, University of Missouri (MU, Mizzou), University Of Missouri



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the financial services industry, the health care industry, and the manufacturing industry are popular business areas among Mizzou alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry. Those with a degree from Mizzou make an average of $59K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in around $66K after graduating from Mizzou, the average woman earns only approximately $51K.


Mizzou grads who become Mechanical Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $70K annually. However, Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $66K and $63K, respectively). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Marketing Coordinators — they bring in about $37K.


Many Mizzou grads flock to St. Louis, Mo. Mizzou alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Overland Park, Kan., which offers a median salary of approximately $60K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Mizzou grads is Jefferson City, Mo. (median compensation is $48K). Other cities of interest among Mizzou alumni include nearby Kansas City, Mo. and Columbia, Mo.

Degree Major

A Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) earns Mizzou students the most money after college (an average $90K per year). Average annual salaries for those with an Associate's Degree are the lowest of the pack, earning about $39K.


Former Tigers who have experience with People Management can expect to make 26 percent more than other alumni ($74K on average). Project Management is a common skill among Mizzou alumni — close to an eighth of grads mention using it at work. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most survey participants contribute to a 401(k). Health benefits extend to a large number of grads, and a strong majority of former students also receive dental coverage. Other benefits awarded to University of Missouri alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $59K for University of Nebraska alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Mizzou grads. The University of Kansas, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Indiana University-Bloomington are also similar to Mizzou.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1040 1290
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats for University of Missouri - Columbia


46 %
54 %
$31,318 - $68,644
$37,025 - $95,381
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 189 votes.
$36,241 - $55,519
$63,300 - $128,500
$34,256 - $79,588
$37,119 - $79,091
$29,983 - $64,117
$34,436 - $80,045
$25,342 - $64,094

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