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. The data in this summary come from WSU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Alumni

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
5 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
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Training & Development Manager
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Research Associate (Unspecified Type)
3 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
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Vice President (VP), Engineering
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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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 go into the health care industry, the education industry, and the manufacturing industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former WSU students are employed in the automotive manufacturing industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Clinical care is perhaps the least commonly worked industry among WSU grads, with less than five percent of former students experienced in this area. Graduates of WSU earn about $69K on average.


Male graduates of WSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of around $86K versus $60K for women.


The biggest paychecks among WSU alumni are earned by Chief Financial Officers — these former students make a median salary of $164K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Attorneys (approximately $95K) and Information Technology Project Managers ($92K). Sliding in near the bottom are Accountants, who report earnings of $43K.


Graduates of WSU seem to enjoy living in Detroit, and one-fourth of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. With a median salary of $86K, Dearborn, Mich. represents the highest-paid city popular among WSU grads. Home to the lowest median salary for WSU alumni is Southfield, Mich., a popular place for former students despite its around $49K average paycheck. Nearby Troy, Mich. is also a top pick for WSU grads, as is Warren, Mich.

Degree Major

A graduate with a medical degree from WSU can rake in a whopping average $181K per year, more than any other degree from this school. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average approximately $42K per year.


Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for former Warriors — they earn 54 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many former WSU students are familiar with Project Management, and nearly one in ten grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. A large number of alums receive health insurance, and a strong majority of respondents get dental coverage. Most alumni report contributing to a 401(k). Alumni of Wayne State University also take in life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Michigan State University grads bring in salaries of around about $69K, 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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Key Stats for Wayne State University - Detroit, MI


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