Average Salary for Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Alumni

Wayne State University, a school in Detroit, Mich., has roughly 19,000 undergrads. This report is based on the answers of WSU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Financial Analyst
7 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
7 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
6 salaries
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
5 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
5 salaries
Industrial Engineer
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 622

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About This School

656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202

Wayne State University



State School, Research University

32 %

19 %

78 %

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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. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry. Very few WSU grads go into IT services; in fact, less than two percent of alumni enter this industry. WSU graduates see an average starting salary of about $67K.


Male graduates of WSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $86K versus around $58K for women.


The biggest paychecks among WSU alumni are earned by Information Technology Managers — these former students make a median salary of $115K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Information Technology Project Managers (approximately $92K) and Industrial Engineers ($77K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Elementary School Teachers — they bring in $38K.


Detroit is a popular place for WSU students to settle after graduation, and just under one in three grads find steadfast employment in the city. Another city that attracts a wealth of WSU grads is Warren, Mich.; given its high compensation ($84K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. WSU alumni in Southfield, Mich. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at about $52K. Other cities of interest among WSU alumni include nearby Troy, Mich. and Dearborn, Mich.

Degree Major

WSU grads who hold a medical degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average approximately $181K per year. Graduates holding a master's in social work fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of around $41K.


Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for former Warriors — they earn 59 percent more than their fellow graduates. Nearly one in eight WSU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to most respondents, and a strong majority of survey participants also receive dental coverage. Wayne State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Pittsburgh grads bring in salaries of around $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, Michigan State University, and the University at Buffalo.

Test Scores

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ACT Scores 19 26

Key Stats for Wayne State University - Detroit, MI


51 %
49 %
$35,047 - $84,083
$45,789 - $108,380
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 votes.
$66,200 - $106,777
$77,500 - $119,501
$42,550 - $75,000
$35,233 - $89,171
$39,305 - $91,475
$33,328 - $66,054
$58,175 - $101,154
$45,000 - $103,456
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