Average Salary for Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Alumni

Wayne State University, a school in Detroit, Mich., has roughly 19,000 undergrads. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Alumni

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Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
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Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
5 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
5 salaries
Electrical Engineer
4 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
4 salaries
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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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WSU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the health care industry, the education industry, and the manufacturing industry. The automotive manufacturing industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Less than two percent of WSU grads move into public K-12 education — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. Median pay for those who graduated from WSU amounts to $69K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $60K on average compared to $86K for male graduates.


In the WSU alumni professional community, Chief Financial Officers make the highest median pay (around $164K), though Information Technology Project Managers ($92K), and Electrical Engineers (about $89K) are close competitors. On the lower end, Elementary School Teachers report making approximately $41K.


WSU alumni seem to appreciate living in Detroit, and nearly one in four grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. In addition, former WSU students often head to Dearborn, Mich. after graduating, where the median salary comes to about $86K in this top-paying city. On the other hand, WSU alumni who end up in Southfield, Mich. receive the lowest median salary of approximately $52K. Neighboring Troy, Mich. is another common pick among WSU grads, along with Warren, Mich.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate WSU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $177K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a master's in social work — their annual income amounts to $42K on average.


Roughly a tenth of WSU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Competency in Product Development translates into above-average pay for former Warriors — they earn 55 percent more than their fellow graduates. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Case Management rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to most grads, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of alums as well. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most survey participants contribute to a 401(k). Other benefits that Wayne State University alumni receive are life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Michigan State University grads (who make an average of around $69K) 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.

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Key Stats for Wayne State University - Detroit, MI


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