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Average Salary for Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Alumni

Wayne State University is a public research university based in Detroit, Mich. that is home to around 19,000 undergraduates. Deemed a "research school", this public university offers students a wide range of resources at a relatively low cost. The data for this synopsis comes from former WSU students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Alumni

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Financial Analyst
12 salaries
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
Industrial Engineer
10 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
9 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
7 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
7 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 929
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Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Details

656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202

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WSU alumni can most commonly be found in the health care industry, the education industry, and the manufacturing industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. Among WSU grads, the automotive manufacturing industry is a commonly chosen career field. The least popular industry for former WSU students is IT services — less than two percent of these people end up working in this field. Following graduation, WSU students earn an average of approximately $67K.


Male graduates of WSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of around $84K versus $59K for women.


In the WSU alumni professional community, Information Technology Managers make the highest median pay ($117K), though Information Technology Project Managers ($92K), and Senior Financial Analysts ($85K) are close competitors. Financial Analysts pick up about $64K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


WSU alumni seldom move away from Detroit after college; in fact, just under a third of former students find lasting work in the city they adore. In addition, former WSU students often head to Chicago after graduating, where typical salaries come to approximately $80K in this top-paying city. WSU alumni in Southfield can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $53K. WSU alumni express interest in nearby Troy and Dearborn as well.


The highest paychecks can be found at General Motors Corporation, where some WSU grads go to work for pay averaging around $101K. The lowest compensation is found among school employees, where average earnings come out to $54K.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of about $177K per year, former Warriors who have a medical degree are the best paid among the alumni population. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Library & Information Science — their annual income amounts to $42K on average.


Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for former Warriors — they earn 46 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a common skill among WSU alumni — roughly one in eight grads mention using it at work. Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. A strong majority of alumni have medical plans, and most alumni have dental insurance. To plan for old age, the greater part of grads maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. 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

Among alumni of similar schools, Michigan State University grads (who make an average of $67K) earn salaries most similar to WSU alumni. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are also similar to WSU.

Test Scores

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ACT Scores 18 26

Key Stats

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