Average Salary for Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

Western Governors University is a university based in Salt Lake City, Utah that is home to around 35,000 undergraduates. This outline is based on answers to 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. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Human Resources (HR) Manager
11 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
10 salaries
Network Engineer
9 salaries
Systems Administrator
8 salaries
Network Administrator
8 salaries
Senior Systems Administrator
7 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 541

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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 IT services, clinical care, and public K-12 education. A large chunk of former Western Governors University students are employed in the health care industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Former Western Governors University graduates bring in $60K on average.


In the Western Governors University alumni professional community, Information Technology Directors make the highest median pay (approximately $106K), though Senior Systems Administrators ($79K), and Network Engineers (about $69K) are close competitors. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Human Resources Managers who make an average of $50K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many Western Governors University alumni (less than ten percent of) end up finding permanent jobs in Salt Lake City. St. Louis, Mo. is also a common destination for Western Governors University grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $84K. Western Governors University alumni in Atlanta, Ga. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $65K. Seattle, Wash. is also a top pick, as is Indianapolis, Ind.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Western Governors University grads with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) (average earnings climb to around $92K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Special Education are the lowest of the pack, earning about $32K.


For Western Governors University grads, proficiency in VMware ESX warrants a paycheck that is 29 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Office is a popular skill among Western Governors University alumni, with one-tenth of workers reporting using it on the job. Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Network Management / Administration are among other dominant skills.

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 respondents, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of former students as well. A large number of alumni participate in a 401(k) program. Additional perks enjoyed by Western Governors University grads include 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.

Key Stats for Western Governors University (WGU)


43 %
57 %
$35,587 - $77,377
$39,715 - $86,783
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 182 votes.

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