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. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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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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Former WSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including clinical care, the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, and IT consulting. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the automotive manufacturing industry. Graduates of WSU earn around $66K on average.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $77K per year, but the second group takes home only approximately $54K.


WSU grads who become Mechanical Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average about $82K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Financial Controllers and Senior Systems Analysts; their salaries approach $75K and $73K, respectively. Internal Auditors wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $58K.


Just under a third of WSU students choose to remain in Detroit, Mich. after graduation, where the average salary is actually the lowest at $56K. On the opposite end of the pay scale is Auburn Hills, Mich., a top-paying city for WSU grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of approximately $100K). Other popular cities for WSU alumni include nearby Dearborn, Mich. and Farmington Hills, Mich.

Degree Major

Former Warriors who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn a median salary of $150K per year. Graduates holding a Master's Degree fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of around $49K.


WSU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Office, with nearly one in six grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 129 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $150K). Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in three grads, respectively). A fair number of former students report contributing to a 401(k). A strong majority of graduates have medical plans, and more than half of graduates have dental insurance. Additional benefits handed to Wayne State University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Pittsburgh grads bring in salaries of around $67K, making them the most similar to WSU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, and the University at Buffalo are also similar to WSU.

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