Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Detroit, Mich., Wayne State University, a school, has a student population of roughly 19,000. This report is based on the responses of WSU graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Electrical Engineer
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Financial Analyst
15 salaries
Social Worker
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Mechanical Engineer
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Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
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Case Manager
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Software Engineer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Sep 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,439
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About This School

656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202

Wayne State University



State School, Research University

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Graduates of WSU work in a variety of sectors including the education industry, the manufacturing industry, and the health care industry. The automotive manufacturing industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. On the other end of the spectrum are the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, which attract less than two percent of WSU alumni. Following graduation, WSU students earn an average of $69K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $62K per year compared to men, who earn about $81K.


The biggest paychecks among WSU alumni are earned by VPs of Engineering — these former students make a median salary of around $189K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Chief Financial Officers (approximately $164K) and Senior Software Engineers ($100K). Special Events Directors get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $52K in this job.


WSU alumni seem to appreciate living in Detroit, and roughly one in four grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. It is no surprise that Warren, Mich., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $95K), is another of the most popular spots for former WSU students. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among WSU grads is Southfield, Mich. (median compensation is $58K). Nearby Troy, Mich. and Ann Arbor, Mich. also rank high on the list of cities for WSU grads.

Degree Major

WSU students with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) can expect to make the most money ($147K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Journalism ($42K on average annually).


Former Warriors who have experience with Product Development can expect to make 69 percent more than other alumni (approximately $117K on average). Microsoft Office is a popular skill among WSU alumni, with one-seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to a fair number of alums, and a strong majority of former students also receive dental coverage. Wayne State University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Michigan State University grads bring in salaries of around about $67K, making them the most similar to WSU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to WSU include the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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