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. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Western Governors University (WGU) Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Information Technology (IT) Manager
50 salaries
Systems Administrator
39 salaries
Network Engineer
34 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
31 salaries
Information Security Analyst
28 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
27 salaries
Network Administrator
23 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,115

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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the manufacturing industry, IT services, and public K-12 education are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The health care industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Very few Western Governors University grads go into software as a service (SAAS) development; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. Starting salaries of $58K are the median among Western Governors University grads.


Male graduates of Western Governors University out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $71K versus $54K for women.


In the Western Governors University alumni professional community, Network Engineers make the highest median pay ($80K), though Legal Secretaries (approximately $64K), and Executive Assistants (around $52K) are close competitors. Salaries are anything but generous for Mathematics Teachers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $36K.


Western Governors University alumni seem to appreciate living in Salt Lake City, and less than ten percent of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. Another city that attracts a wealth of Western Governors University grads is Seattle, Wash.; given its high compensation (approximately $104K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other hand, Western Governors University alumni who end up in Idaho Falls, Idaho receive the lowest median salary of $50K. Indianapolis, Ind. is also a top pick, as is Houston, Texas.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management leads to the highest pay for Western Governors University grads ($115K on average per year). Those holding a Bachelor's Degree, Business Management are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $41K on average per year.


Western Governors University grads with Project Management abilities can expect to make 58 percent more than their former classmates (about $92K). Cisco Networking is a popular skill among Western Governors University alumni, with around a tenth of workers reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Operations Management, and SQL.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in five survey participants, respectively). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of alums are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of graduates report dental coverage, too. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of grads contribute to a 401(k). Additional perks enjoyed by Western Governors University grads include 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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$34,901 - $70,194
$39,392 - $93,552

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
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