Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 35,000 people attend Western Governors University, a institution based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Western Governors University grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

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Network Administrator
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Network Engineer
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Human Resources (HR) Manager
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Executive Assistant
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Senior Systems Administrator
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Information Technology (IT) Manager
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Information Technology (IT) Director
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 449
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About This School

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

Western Governors University


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Former Western Governors University students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health care industry, clinical care, and public K-12 education. The most popular field is IT services. The average starting salary for a graduate of Western Governors University is $60K.


Among Western Governors University alumni, those working as Information Technology Directors report the highest median pay of $118K, followed by Senior Systems Administrators ($79K), and Network Engineers (approximately $69K). Sliding in near the bottom are Human Resources Managers, who report earnings of $51K.


Western Governors University students enjoy their time in Salt Lake City, and less than ten percent of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. It is no surprise that Seattle, Wash., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is about $82K), is another of the most popular spots for former Western Governors University students. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Western Governors University alumni is Dallas, Texas, where earnings average around $65K. Indianapolis, Ind. is also a common pick among Western Governors University grads, along with Houston, Texas.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Health Care Management from Western Governors University can rake in a whopping average approximately $89K per year, more than any other degree from this school. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Special Education (about $32K on average annually).


Western Governors University grads with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are 33 percent more than other grads' salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among Western Governors University alumni, with nearly one in ten workers reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Network Management / Administration are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Most survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A large number of alumni have medical plans, and most alumni have dental insurance. Additional benefits handed to Western Governors University alumni 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.

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Key Stats for Western Governors University (WGU)


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$36,597 - $78,227
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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
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