Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Alumni Average Salary

Wayne State University, a school in Detroit, Mich., has roughly 19,000 undergrads. The data in this summary come from WSU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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College ROI Report

426th

20 Year Net ROI 

$309,000

Annual ROI 

7.5%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$94,800

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College Salary Report

237th

Early Career Salary 

$64,200

Mid-Career Salary 

$111,000

% High Meaning 

43 %

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Wayne State University - Detroit, MI School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$28K$56K$84K
Senior Systems Analyst
3 salaries
$72,500  
   
Financial Controller
3 salaries
$75,000  
Mechanical Engineer
2 salaries
$81,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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About This School

656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202

Wayne State University

www.admissions.wayne.edu/

18,602

State School, Research University

32 %

19 %

78 %

52 %

Industry

Professionally, the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, clinical care, and the accounting, auditing and tax services industry are popular business areas among WSU alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry. Very few WSU grads go into the health care industry; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. Graduates of WSU earn $65K on average.

Gender

After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $53K where the average male graduate hauls home about $76K.

Jobs

Among WSU alumni, those working as Mechanical Engineers report the highest median pay of around $82K, followed by Financial Controllers ($75K). Senior Systems Analysts face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at approximately $73K.

Locations

For reasons other than money, WSU grads are most commonly found still living in Detroit, Mich., where median pay sits at the bottom of the pay scale ($55K). Warren, Mich. is on the other end of the salary spectrum, offering top-notch pay and a median salary of $125K; it's no wonder that WSU grads are attracted to this city. Other popular cities for WSU alumni include nearby Dearborn, Mich. and Farmington Hills, Mich.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for WSU grads with a medical degree (average earnings climb to approximately $150K per year). A Master's Degree is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $49K.

Skills

Many former WSU students are familiar with Microsoft Office, and about one in six grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Former Warriors with Microsoft Word abilities can expect to make 54 percent more than their former classmates (around $100K). Experience with Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one-third of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. A fair number of grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to a strong majority of grads, and dental insurance is issued to a majority of grads as well. Wayne State University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Pittsburgh graduates, who earn $67K on average, make a similar amount to WSU grads. Other schools similar to WSU include the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, and the University at Buffalo.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT critical reading score is not included.
* SAT math score is not included.
* SAT writing score is not included.
ACT Scores 19 26

Key Stats for Wayne State University - Detroit, MI

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %
Salary
$36,920 - $71,241
Salary
$48,865 - $90,384

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%
FCA Corp
$90,150

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