Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Salt Lake City, Utah, Western Governors University, a school, has a student population of roughly 35,000. This report is based on the answers of Western Governors University graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

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Network Administrator
8 salaries
Network Engineer
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Information Technology (IT) Manager
7 salaries
Executive Assistant
6 salaries
Senior Systems Engineer
6 salaries
Registered Nurse (RN)
6 salaries
Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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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Graduates of Western Governors University work in a variety of sectors including IT services, clinical care, and the education industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. Those with an education from Western Governors University earn an average of $60K.


The Western Governors University alumni who make the most are Information Technology Directors; they report a median pay of $118K. Senior Systems Administrators and Network Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $79K and $69K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Information Technology Managers — they bring in about $45K.


Salt Lake City, Utah keeps the largest number of Western Governors University grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation (approximately $65K). By comparison, the top-paying city popular with Western Governors University alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of around $82K. Houston, Texas and Dallas, Texas are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) earns Western Governors University students the most money after college (an average about $92K per year). Graduates holding a B.A. in Special Education fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $32K.


Microsoft Office is a popular skill among Western Governors University alumni, with nearly one in ten workers reporting using it on the job. Operations Management commands a pay premium of 35 percent for Western Governors University grads. Network Management / Administration, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Most former students participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Dental insurance applies to most grads, and a large number of survey participants report health coverage. Other benefits that Western Governors University alumni receive are 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)


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58 %
$36,502 - $80,268
$39,570 - $86,671
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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