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 outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

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Information Technology (IT) Manager
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Systems Administrator
31 salaries
Network Engineer
29 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
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Information Security Analyst
25 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
25 salaries
Network Administrator
22 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,786

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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 go into IT services, the manufacturing industry, and public K-12 education, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. 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. On the other end of the spectrum is higher education, which attracts less than five percent of Western Governors University alumni. The average salary for a grad from Western Governors University is $59K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of approximately $55K per year compared to men, who earn around $72K.


The most generous salaries among Western Governors University alumni are reportedly earned by Network Engineers, whose median earnings come to $80K, followed by Systems Analysts ($73K) and Registered Nurses (about $52K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Elementary School Teachers who make an average of $35K.


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. The top-paying city popular with Western Governors University alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of about $104K. On the far end of the pay scale, Western Governors University alumni often reside in Fort Worth, Texas, which is home to the lowest pay at $44K. Other common destinations include Indianapolis, Ind. and San Antonio, Texas.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $115K per year, Western Governors University grads who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management are the best paid among the alumni population. Those with a Bachelor's Degree, Business Management face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average around $41K per year.


Cisco Networking is a popular skill among Western Governors University alumni, with roughly one in eight grads reporting using it on the job. For Western Governors University grads, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 37 percent more than other alumni salaries. Experience with Operations Management, SQL, and Microsoft Office is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of former students are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of graduates report dental coverage, too. Graduates of Western Governors University are also recipients of life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a company-subsidized cell phone, and a casual working environment.

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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48 %
$35,340 - $70,194
$39,588 - $93,280

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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