Average Salary for Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

Nestled away in Salt Lake City, Utah, Western Governors University, a school, has a student population of roughly 35,000. The data for this snapshot was collected from Western Governors University graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Human Resources (HR) Manager
10 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
9 salaries
Network Engineer
8 salaries
Network Administrator
8 salaries
Senior Systems Administrator
7 salaries
Systems Administrator
7 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
6 salaries
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About This School

4001 East 700 South, Suite 701
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Western Governors University


Private School

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Western Governors University alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the health care industry, clinical care, and public K-12 education. The most highly represented industry among alumni is IT services. Graduates of Western Governors University earn around $60K on average.


Information Technology Directors win the contest for best-paid Western Governors University alumni, making $118K on average every year, though Senior Systems Administrators ($79K), and Network Engineers (about $69K) are not far behind. Human Resources Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $51K.


Many Western Governors University alumni seem to stick around Salt Lake City after wrapping up their studies; less than ten percent of grads remain to find permanent work. Another city that attracts a wealth of Western Governors University grads is Seattle, Wash.; given its high compensation ($82K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Western Governors University grads is Dallas, Texas (median compensation is approximately $65K). In addition, grads flock to Indianapolis, Ind. as well as Houston, Texas.

Degree Major

Western Governors University students with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Health Care Management can expect to make the most money ($89K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Graduates holding a B.A. in Special Education fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $32K.


Western Governors University grads who have experience with Operations Management can expect to make 33 percent more than other alumni ($80K on average). Proficiency in Project Management is common among Western Governors University alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, close to one-tenth of former students report doing so. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Network Management / Administration are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. It is no small feat that most grads are given health coverage, and most graduates accept dental insurance. A large number of respondents allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Western Governors University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Schools similar to Western Governors University include Doane College-Lincoln Grand Island and Master, Brandman University, Part of the Chapman University System, and Baker College Center for Graduate Studies.

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Key Stats for Western Governors University (WGU)


42 %
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$36,597 - $78,227
$39,685 - $86,674
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 147 votes.
$44,487 - $80,620
$50,062 - $91,358
$37,500 - $89,017
$39,830 - $94,819
$34,521 - $83,238

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