Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni Average Salary

Western Governors University is a university based in Salt Lake City, Utah that is home to around 35,000 undergraduates. Replies from former Western Governors University students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Network Engineer$80,000  
Network Administrator$40,000  
Software Developer$43,500  
Human Resources (HR) Director$46,750  
Registered Nurse (RN)$52,000  
Senior Systems Engineer$110,000  
Legal Secretary$63,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Aug 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 79

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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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Graduates of Western Governors University go into higher education, the manufacturing industry, and public K-12 education, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. Very few Western Governors University grads go into the health care services industry; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. Those with a degree from Western Governors University make an average of $60K.


Male graduates of Western Governors University out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $72K versus $56K for women.


The Western Governors University alumni who make the most are Senior Systems Engineers; they report a median pay of about $110K. Senior Systems Engineers and Network Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — around $82K and approximately $80K, respectively. Elementary School Teachers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $35K.


Seattle, Wash. is a hub for Western Governors University graduates — a large number call this city home. Indianapolis, Ind. is also a common destination for Western Governors University grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $94K. On the other end, Western Governors University grads flock to Idaho Falls, Idaho, which actually offers the weakest median salary of approximately $50K. Graduates of Western Governors University also relocate to Salt Lake City, Utah, which is not far away, and Houston, Texas.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management from Western Governors University can rake in a whopping average $115K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Bachelor's Degree, Business Management offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($41K).


Western Governors University grads with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 44 percent more than other grads' salaries. Western Governors University alumni are often well versed in Cisco Networking, with around a tenth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Also considered top-notch skills are Operations Management, Microsoft Office, and Linux.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. Most respondents report contributing to a 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of survey participants are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of respondents report dental coverage, too. Alumni of Western Governors University also take in 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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$34,240 - $75,842
$42,000 - $94,662

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$64,000 - $142,000
$43,448 - $94,500

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