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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Wayne State University - Detroit, MI School Alumni

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Senior Systems Analyst
3 salaries
Financial Controller
3 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202

Wayne State University



State School, Research University

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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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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ACT Scores 19 26

Key Stats for Wayne State University - Detroit, MI


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$36,920 - $71,241
$48,865 - $90,384

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
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